Olivier Giroud: Why Arsenal Should Extend the Frenchman’s Contract

After wrapping up the Granit Xhaka deal, Arsenal are now heavily linked with a move for a striker. As Arsene Wenger assured that he would sign a striker in light of the long-term injury Danny Welbeck has sustained, observers are hopeful that they would not witness another Gonzalo Higuain or Karim Benzema saga this summer.

Alvaro Morata’s name has been murmured, and according to reports, the Gunners are ready to not just pay north of £50 million for his services but also double his current wages.

Even though the Arsenal faithful are convinced that they would welcome the potential world-class talent despite his career being as stagnant as that of Theo Walcott so far, Arsenal’s first-choice centre-forward seems the least amused, with the French media speculating that he yearns for discussing his long-term future with the manager soon.


Turning thirty and welcoming a new challenge

Giroud’s current contract runs only until June 2018, just three months from his thirty-second birthday.

With strikers expected to slow down gradually after turning 30, the fact that he is insecure about his future with the club, whose badge he has kissed during goal celebrations more than once, is comprehensible.

However, given his enigmatic attributes, he can expect to don the Arsenal shirt at least until 2020.

Despite what the French media are printing, the Arsenal striker should be open to the London club buying striker reinforcements, and the player himself admitted last summer that he would have welcomed a new striker whilst also stating that he hoped to sign an extension to his contract before the 2018 World Cup.


Playing style and playing until 2020

Despite going through a long dry spell last season, he racked up 24 goals — his best goal-scoring campaign in London — and six assists, and he can be mooted to outscore himself next season.

Unlike Sergio Aguero or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Frenchman hardly relies on his pace as thrives on his positional awareness and vision, which are two aspects of the game that definitely get better with time.

Despite his consistency issues, he has averaged 3261 minutes — 36 full games — every season and has remained almost injury-free, missing only 18 games due to injuries over his Arsenal career.

Given his injury record and unorthodox playing style, he will likely improve with every passing season and prove a prized asset.

Even the most religious Giroud naysayers admit that he can cause the opposition many problems coming off the bench, and when Arsenal’s potential summer signing takes his position in the starting lineup, he will be a different option up front in the closing stages.

A physical striker going up against tired legs, with creative minds operating behind him is certain to cause havoc, and Arsenal should not dare to lose him, accordingly.


A veteran, who gets better with age

In addition, he will be a veteran as he would have then featured in two European Championships, two World Cups, and two (and counting) Football Association Cup finals.

Given what he brings to the plate, Arsenal will likely have readied a contract extension for him to sign once he returns from his Euro ’16 toils, or they will surely be forced to extend his contract at the end of next campaign when he assures that he only gets better with age.


Written by Praveen Paramasivam

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