Lukasz Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla, Wenger’s major signing’s last summer, have now played almost two-thirds of their debut season for the Gunners.
How do we think they have done so far?
This is my take:
Lukasz Podolski, Arsene’s first signing of last summer, is an experienced German International, so he came with an impeccable reputation…
Podolski, to coin a phrase, is a scorer of great goals rather than a great goal scorer. Some of his goals have been quite spectacular as they have ripped into the net. But, as with his clever finish against Tottenham, he also has an eye for an understated and maybe scappy finish. A useful tool to have in any strikers armoury.
He’s been forced to play wide left or alternate with Giroud in his Arsenal career so far, but at Anfield I witnessed him lead the line with intelligence and subtlety, scoring the opening goal.
27 year old Lukasz has, up to today, scored 8 goals in 25 EPL games, 13 goals in 34 games in total….
I feel that we have a lot more to come from Herr Podolski, over the next 3+ years i can see him becoming a major force in our team.
Olivier Giroud was the next arrival, from Ligue Un 2012 champions Montpelier. A player gradually working his way into the French National team.
Giroud is not a player who is pleasing on the eye, but for a big man he has a sure touch and is very skilful on the deck.
It took him longer to settle into his new surroundings, than the other new arrivals, but he is slowly adapting to the pulsating style that is English football.
Of course, his prowess in the air is where we see his most important asset to the team. Clever flick ons to team mates, deft angled headers beyond diving goalkeepers.
He’s also slid in and bundled the ball home, as he did at Upton Park to equalise West Ham’s opener. So it’s not all about what he does with his barnet that counts.
26 year old Olivier has, up to date scored 9 goals in 27 EPL games, 14 goals in 39 games in total…
Our French centre-forward is the Marmite of the trio, you either like him, or you don’t, but i think that Monsieur Giroud has done well in his debut season, and in time, will become a firm fans favourite and key member of our team.
Santi Cazorla was Wenger’s third, and sadly, final signing of the summer. The regular Spanish International was a steal from cash-strapped Malaga. He was an immediate hit with the fans, who warmed to his sunny demeanour and sunnier skills.
Santi hit the deck running, playing in his link-up position just behind the central striker. But opponents soon cottoned onto his part in the team and stifled his influence. Now he tends to play a wider role, but a player as intelligent as Santi, has license to wander and cause mayhem when the opportunity arises.
Despite the more physical approach in the EPL, Cazorla has adapted to that side of the game quickly, skipping past ogres like Shawcross, as if they don’t exist. For a diminutive midfielder, more known for creating goals, Santi has, in fact, been quite prolific this campaign.
Keys goals against Liverpool, West Ham and Sunderland have earned Arsenal vital wins in this mixed season. The tally so far for the 28 year old is, 11 goals in 27 EPL games, 11 goals in 37 games in total.
Our Spanish midfielder has so much more to show us and I fully expect to see Senor Cazorla continuing to thrill Gooners across the globe with his trickery and impish talent.
I cannot comment on Nacho Monreal yet, as I’ve not seen him play live, but from what I’ve read and heard, our 27 year old Spanish full-back has the talent to be a very big player for Arsenal.
Written by Allezkev
We are planning a double raid on Saint Etienne apparently!
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Stephane Ruffier are the two players that Giles Grimandi is very very impressed with. In fact so impressed, he has ‘ordered’ Steve Rowley to go and see them with his own eyes!!
Exciting stuff eh!
In case you haven’t heard of these two highly rated top players before, goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier has been in outstanding scintillating form so far this season this campaign and has been key to his clubs impressive defensive record, which is only bettered by Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain. He’s 26 years old, 6′ 2″ tall and has played once for France, back in 2010.