Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Giroud a replacement for RVP
By 1970’s Gooner
I would have thought that news of an imminent signing for the Arsenal squad would have been greeted with satisfaction.
Giroud, who is part of Laurent Blanc's Euro 2012 squad, scored 25 goals last season to help Montpellier win the Ligue 1 title.
The Montpellier manager, René Girard, insists that he is heading for Arsenal.
"Arsenal are very interested and Giroud wants to play in England, if Arsène agrees with the president, he will sign for them," He told the French radio station RMC.
Arsene has already added Podolski to the front line which is considered a logical signing as he is left footed and can play on the wing as he does for Germany thus providing a natural balance on the left which has been missing since Reyes departed the club.
He can as well (as Arsene usually utters) lead the front line. This is also important as RVP cannot play in all of Arsenal’s games can he?
But paying around 13m for another striker when you already have RVP AND Podolski sounds incompatible with Arsene’s previous history and transfer behaviour.
This leads me to the conclusion that Arsene is fearing RVP’s departure and is already making the moves to replace him, if need be.
RVP is 29 and can at this point command high wages AND play in a top team challenging for titles. The probability of him wanting out cannot be ignored. And Arsenal cannot afford to make him stay to the end of his contract and forgo 30m. Letting Nasri go last season is proof of that.
But we wouldn’t say no to both being on Arsenal’s books next season would we?