Manthan’s excellent post yesterday had me concluding that Podolski’s best fit is at Centre Forward, which leaves a straight either/or choice between Herr and Monsieur. You know what, I can’t see the problem. So we have two goalscorers.
There have been many chats on here over the years about having a Plan A and a Plan B. Me, I say Plan A, and if that’s not working, more Plan A. One or two players may be having an off-day, so bring on the other version.
Both Podolski and Giroud are playing their first seasons in the PL, have 11 assists each in all competitions, and respectively 13 and 15 goals. Would Podolski have scored more had he started centrally as many times as Big ‘Ol…. Dunno.
What I do think, is that Ollie has more potential. Aside from the obvious heading ability, I believe the reason has not scored more is down to the tactics and approach of those around him. They see him, think “big”, therefore the high ball is ok. Wrong.
It’s January 23rd, on a cold night in North London. Half time, and Arsenal are 1-1 with West Ham.
Far away on a laptop, some bright spark know-it-all posts this:
January 23, 2013 at 8:47 pm
“Some great football from us. I only wish we would stop playing the high ball into Giroud. He’s actually very good with ball to feet.”
At 9:03, this happens
Fast forward into February, and remind yourself of the Giroud goals against Brighton.
and this ………..
In conclusion my view is this, sure, Usain Bolt he is not, but we can make up for this speed in the wide berths. Stop treating Ollie as a Big ‘Un, and think of him as a Little ‘Un, and I believe we have a goal machine in the making.
Written by MickyDidIt89