Olivier Giroud left Arsenal during the January transfer window, and in doing so ended a five-and-a-half-year relationship with the Gunners.
In those years, Giroud scored over a 100 goals for the Gunners, and despite being on the end of some criticism from the Emirates faithful, the French forward was a success during his time at Arsenal.
With the ex-Gunner now across London at Chelsea, the Gunners will have to do without the man that has served them so well down the years, and the sale of the French forward could well come back to haunt the Gunners in the coming years.
Here are three reasons why Arsenal’s decision to sell Giroud is a terrible mistake:
1. No Plan-B
With both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette up front, the Gunners are somewhat limited with their options when it comes to hoofing the ball long in the final minutes of the game.
It is no secret that Giroud was Arsenal’s target man, and the French striker did bail the Gunners out of tricky situations on more than one occasion, none more so than on the opening day of this season.
With the score at 3-3, Giroud came off the bench and scored the winning goal against Leicester, and proved to be a ‘super-sub’. In the near future Arsenal will need to resort to a long-ball tactic and without Giroud in their side they will struggle – which could cause them to fall short of qualifying for the Champions League.
Despite the occasional missed chance, the Frenchman proved to be a very reliable striker for the Gunners over the past.
In five-and a-half-years at the club the striker scored 105 times in 253 games for Arsenal in all competitions.
For many strikers this goalscoring record would be well celebrated, however given the size of the football club and the very unrealistic expectations from Arsenal fans, the record is somewhat dismissed by the Emirates faithful.
Giroud guarantees over 10 goals each season, and therefore Arsenal will miss the big Frenchman.
3. Constant Professional
Despite his growing frustration of not being given game time, the Frenchman remained a constant professional throughout and never moaned about his situation.
Given the fact that a new £50m man came in, Giroud would have been expecting to play less games, however he rarely complained. The French star just got on with his job and when called upon gave his utmost for the team.
In the coming months with the likely trouble that Aubameyang will cause, Arsene Wenger might be regretting selling his former French forward.