Manager of the decade, Harry Redknapp, has decided that’s he’s not impressed with Arsenal’s current striker ‘situation’.
The former Spurs boss, who got a nice break from driving round football grounds with his window down on deadline day, thinks that the uncertainty that surrounds our main striker position is detrimental to the team.
“One is a big man who thrives on crosses and is strong in the air, while the other is all about pace who wants to run in behind,” Redknapp said.
“So every week you have got a different way of playing and that can only disrupt the shape of the team.
“It is a difficult one because you aren’t swapping Giroud with someone like Graziano Pelle at Southampton, both of whom like to hold the ball up and bring others into play.
“Walcott and Giroud are complete opposites and while that can be a strength because they offer a different kind of threat, the other players are going to struggle to find a consistent pattern to their play.”
The former manager continued, “I’d play Theo wide right. I’d find a place for him because pace is what teams fear most.
“He needs to start having a regular run if we are ever going to see the best of him.”
At the moment, Wenger’s doing the best with what he has. He’s currently playing to other team’s weaknesses, choosing either player depending on how they play and how Theo and Giroud are performing. There’s no point sticking with just Giroud up top if he’s not producing goals, as harsh as that may sound.
Likewise, although Theo is strong on the wing and is gradually starting to edge his way back into the first team after injury last season, he has to be playing well enough and feeling fit enough to push someone else out of the starting lineup.
It’s not as simple as just planting one on the bench or shoving one out wide, and I’m pretty sure as the season goes on, our other players will be more than capable of dealing with (dramatic music) two different types of forward.