Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva believes that the Gunners could have done with Olivier Giroud at this moment in time, suggesting that his sale nearly three years ago was a mistake.
The Frenchman was at the Emirates Stadium between 2012 and 2018, clocking up 253 competitive appearances for Arsenal, with 105 goals and 41 assists under his belt.
Giroud struggled for starts towards the end of his time at Arsenal and, on the final day of the transfer window in January 2018, he moved to Chelsea for a reported £18million.
The 34-year-old left on the same day that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined the Gunners and, while the Gabon international has done well, he’s currently in the midst of a scoring drought.
Admittedly, Arsenal’s midfielders aren’t exactly providing much ammunition at present, with most of it coming in the form of crosses.
Speaking on the Invisible Wall podcast, Gilberto reckons that Giroud would’ve been more successful with aerial service than Aubameyang is proving.
“It was a lack of creativity for me, a lack of clear chances, they tried so much crossing,” said the Brazilian.
“In my opinion, Aubameyang is not the best guy in the air, even though he’s scored a few goals, he’s not the best. It would be different if Arsenal still had Olivier Giroud who they had in the past.”
You can’t really argue with Gilberto – a player like Giroud, 6ft 4in and superb in the air, would certainly be making more of the opportunities – or lack thereof – currently being delivered by the rest of the team.
That’s not to say that Aubameyang is a bad player, but he doesn’t tend to feed off scraps – he usually requires more accurate service to be at his prolific best.
Harking back to a player who was sold nearly three years ago won’t change anything though – the onus really should be on Arsenal’s full-backs and midfielders to provide this ammunition for the forwards and generally be more creative.