According to reports Arsenal are close to tying Oliver Giroud down to a new contract. The French man 27 was signed from Montpellier for £12 in 2012. After his debut against Sunderland that season, a lot of persons deployed their arsenal of criticism when he missed a presentable chance. The frustration of the fans was palpable especially as Robin Van Persie had just left few weeks earlier. The former top scorer in Ligue 1 endured a difficult first season, where chances were missed, but he did break his duck against West Ham at Upton Park in a 3-1 win for Arsenal in 2012. Eventually finishing his first season with 17 goals in all competitions with 11 in the league
No doubt he is not everybody’s favourite player because of his limitations which are obvious, but he has played a pivotal role as practically Arsenal’s only reliable striker in the last two seasons which is why the importance of Arsenal tying him down to a new contract cannot be understated. It puts the club in a position of strength in terms of dealing with the future of its players, instead of the previous scenario where players’ contract were allowed to run down. With the tying of other players like Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Oxlade Chamberlain, Wojciech Szczesny and Kieran Gibbs to long term contracts over the last two seasons it, means the club has tied the core of it team down, thereby avoiding contract of players running down, which further enhances the club’s ability to get the best out of these players in their peak years.
Oliver Giroud signing a new contract might not be well received by some Arsenal fans, but his contributions to the club should not be overlooked. His importance stem from the fact that he brings some measure of balance to the team with his height as the midfield has a dearth of height, and his defending at set piece has been good, although his goal to chance ratio has not been top notch, there was an improvement on his first season as he ended the second season with 22 goals in all competitions with 16 in the league making it a total of 39 goals in two seasons in his Arsenal career with 27 league goals.
The fact that the club is tying him down to a new contract doesn’t preclude the criticism of some his performance, and limitations as a player, yet the criticism of his limitations as a player should be directed at the club for not adequately addressing the striking options at its disposal for the last two seasons, something they have gone one step to address with the signing of Alexis Sanchez and the recall of Joel Campbell.