Glenn Hoddle has claimed on his official podcast that he cannot believe Arsenal chose to sell striker Olivier Giroud to Chelsea in January 2018 – as the French target man continues to score goals on a regular basis, with five in his last two games.
Giroud, 34, netted a crucial equaliser on Saturday evening as Chelsea came from behind to beat Leeds United 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. It was his fifth goal in two games, after netting four in a 4-0 win over Spanish side Sevilla in the Champions League.
Since his £18million move (Telegraph), Giroud has scored 35 goals in 99 Chelsea appearances – as well as laying on 14 assists. Meanwhile, Arsenal are failing to score goals despite boasting the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Hoddle has questioned Arsenal’s decision to sell Giroud, a move which happened almost three years ago – especially given his current form which is a stark contrast to Mikel Arteta’s side in the final third at the moment.
“Giroud gets another goal, I think he has been outstanding,” Hoddle said. “I can’t believe Arsenal let him go when they did. He’s turning out to be a real asset. The more he gets this season, it is important for his place in the France national team.”
TBR’s view – Giroud is just what Arsenal need right now
A shame for Arsenal, then, that they decided to cash in. The French striker is scoring goals on a regular basis – now with seven efforts in his 11 league and cup outings this season. Arsenal need a striker that can finish chances created.
Aubameyang and Lacazette are struggling to do that, while Arteta continues to overlook Eddie Nketiah. Giroud would be perfect for Arsenal right now, especially with the Gunners trying to swing corners into the box.