As reported by Arsenal's official website, Olivier Giroud is now officially a Gunner.
He isn't the best forward out there and his stardom has come on fairly small stages with tours and with Montpellier last season. He can score goals and be a presence in the box.
For me, his arrival doesn't hint at Robin van Persie's leave. It just shows me that Arsene Wenger is finally willing to take Arsenal back to its grandeur.
Giroud adds another style of play to Arsenal's one-dimensional style. Wenger has the opportunity to turn him into the forward that Marouane Chamakh wasn't ready to become.
Giroud isn't the prototypical Jan Koller-Andy Carroll forward. His style of play will be very welcome at Arsenal to provide Robin van Persie with a backup or an able partner.
Arsenal's style of play is slave to the unrelenting speed they offer from their young guns. Giroud, when he's on the pitch, should cause play to slow down and allow Arsenal to retain more possession.
His scoring should be very welcome as besides Robin van Persie, Arsenal doesn't have another weapon to split the opposing defenders.
Don't get me wrong: Arsenal will still continue to be the lightning-quick team we've grown to know and love, but the Premier League has evolved in a different way than La Liga.
Arsenal's style would do well in Spain, in my opinion, but the game has take a different path in England.
Every team has their big striker up front. Chelsea had Didier Drogba, Manchester City has "Super" Mario Balotelli, Newcastle has the combo of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, Everton seems to have found their man in Nikica Jelavic.
Robin van Persie has been godlike for Arsenal, but we have to ask ourselves: Isn't Arsenal a one-player shindig?
If Van Persie were to be injured, who would take his place?
Lukas Podolski had two lights-out star years in Bayern, then he slumped. Arsenal can't rely on him to put the team on his back like Van Persie has done. Podolski just isn't this good. Neither is Giroud, but the combo of Giroud and Podolski could be very productive if Van Persie is out.
The arrival of Olivier Giroud just makes Arsenal better. I hope that with him playing whatever role Wenger assigns him to, Arsenal becomes a more dangerous club both at country and continental level.