Olivier Giroud must feel like a kid in a candy store. Following on from Arsenal’s deadline day antics, the French striker now has two of the world’s best creative midfielders, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil supplying him with ammunition this season.
Add to this the creative potential of players like Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott and it’s clear that Giroud will be supplied with opportunity after opportunity this year. In a way, that may take the pressure off him. He will now that if he spurns a chance, another one will soon present itself to him.
If it’s an exciting time for Olivier Giroud, it’s also an exciting time for Arsenal fans, who can’t wait to see their new German midfielder take to the pitch in their shirt.
With (arguably) the best midfield in the Premier League, it’s hard not to feel optimistic about what the Gunners can achieve this year. With this in mind, I think it’s finally time to have the conversation: are Arsenal ready to be title contenders?
They started the season poorly with a 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa, but since that day they’ve been formidable. The capper was a 1-0 victory over North London rivals, Spurs, who have spent over £100m on new players this summer.
So the signs are good. Further evidence in Arsenal’s favour was provided by Jose Mourinho’s deadline day behaviour and the comments that followed.
Given the lack of options upfront, Arsene Wenger was clearly in the market for a new striker this summer. He failed to bring in both Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez and thus turned to Chelsea forward Demba Ba in the dying hours of the transfer window.
The Gunners attempted to wrap up a loan deal for the Senegalese international, but Mourinho stepped into veto the move. He later explained why:
So yes, the Gunners probably don’t have enough options upfront, but with their midfield buzzing, they may well compensate. Let’s hope the silverware drought is over.
What’s your take? Can the Gunners compete for the title this year?
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