Arsenal Transfer News: Olivier Giroud Justifiably Upset by Gunners' Complacency
Arsene Wenger's complacency in the transfer market has come to a head, with forward Olivier Giroud becoming the latest individual to voice their concern over the Arsenal manager's penny-pinching ways.
In my opinion, it's necessary for the club to recruit another striker. Obviously, I think about it a little bit. It may change the play one day, especially if it's a high profile signing.
It's useless lamenting this though. I know what I have to do and what I'm capable of. I'm focusing on me and my work. The coach is counting on me, so I don't think too much.
Giroud's comments should be alarming to Gunners fans for a few reasons.
First, they set an ominous tone for a season that could be disastrous for Arsenal supporters.
As he points out in the second part of his statement, he should be focusing his thoughts on his play on the pitch. As the team's top centre-forward, he'll need to shoulder most of the goal-scoring burden for the Gunners.
But that's hard to focus on when you aren't sure the manager has the club's best interests at heart. Whether you chalk up the fact that the Gunners haven't spent any money in transfer market yet to his old-school ways or a lack of interest in making the club better, he's still hurting the Gunners' chances of competing for a Champions League berth this season.
As one of the club's top players Giroud knows what they need to compete more than anyone. A player that doesn't have faith that his club will do what it takes to make the team competitive has every right to be critical.
The second reason for concern is the source from which these comments came. If anyone should be happy that Wenger hasn't added another striker, it's Giroud. After all, there are plenty of players that would relish the opportunity to play such a high-profile position for one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League without much help.
How will the rest of the window play out for Arsene Wenger?
Giroud could easily just enjoy the stage that he's given to perform with Arsenal, lead the team in goals and be happy with wherever they wind up on the table. But that's not the case. This isn't a diva whining that he doesn't have enough help.
This is a player with the club's best interest at heart wondering aloud if they will get the necessary reinforcements to join the league's elite clubs.
Unfortunately for Giroud it doesn't appear that Wenger is ready to do that. As Cross points out for the Mirror he was given approximately £70 million to spend this summer and still missed out on the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and Marouane Fellaini.
With the summer window coming to a close very soon, time is running out on Wenger to make a move this summer. If he continues to hoard his war-chest and leave players like Giroud and Theo Walcott without any additional help he will continue to hear plenty of complaints from players and fans alike this season.
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