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Frank Lampard believes Arsenal’s decision to keep Giroud or Giroud’s decision to stay at Arsenal, whichever way you want to put it, was the club’s best decision in the summer transfer window.
Giroud was the subject of interest from a host of clubs, with Everton showing the most serious interest in the striker. The Toffees came close to signing Giroud but somehow he managed to stay at the Emirates and Lampard believes that’s the best that happened to us as a club in the summer.
‘One of the best things to happen to Arsenal during the summer transfer window was Olivier Giroud staying at the club,’ Lampard told the Evening Standard.
‘Giroud came close to joining Everton, something which has made the headlines again due to Ronald Koeman getting the sack at Goodison Park and blaming missing out on the France international as a big reason why things didn’t work out this season.
‘While I’m not sure if it was the be all and end all for Koeman’s demise, it’s already proved great business for Arsenal to have kept him.
‘Giroud is their Plan B, he can even still be their Plan A on occasion. This is not meant to sound disrespectful. I like Giroud, he has a lot of quality.
‘Importantly, he gives them a different option to the other attacking players they’ve got. It is a great asset to have in your squad.
‘He can be a presence, hold the ball up and bring others into play, he can help Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and so on.’
Giroud is yet to start a Premier League game this season, with all of his nine appearance so far coming from the bench. However, he’s been superb in our Cup games this season and is showing his quality every opportunity he gets.
The decision to keep him will eventually turn out to be the best, he’s proving to be more than a capable competitor and cover for Alexandre Lacazette. This sort of competition is what the team needs.