Mark Lawrenson delivers honest verdict on Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud
The former Liverpool defender has his say on Olivier Giroud's prospects at Arsenal
Mark Lawrenson believes Olivier Giroud has a role to play at Arsenal despite insisting that the striker isn’t good enough to command a first-team place.
The France international broke the deadlock in Arsenal’s 4-0 win against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon to help Arsene Wenger’s side ease to three points in south Wales.
Giroud has now scored in five successive games in all competitions since he was handed his first start of the 2016-17 season in a 1-0 win against West Bromwich Albion at The Emirates in December.
Arsene Wenger started the current campaign with Sanchez playing in a centre-forward role but the Chile international has been moved out to the wing in recent weeks to accommodate Giroud.
Speaking to BBC’s Football Focus show on Saturday afternoon ahead of Giroud’s goal at Swansea, Lawrenson discussed the role that the Frenchman plays at the north London club.
“Does he get in Arsenal’s best XI this season? No,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“Does he come off the bench and change the game in a completely different way? Yes.”
Arsenal are in fourth place in the Premier League table and eight points behind leaders Chelsea.