Despite only being two matches into the 2012/2013 Premier League season, Arsenal is at a crucial juncture. The next couple of matches, beginning with Liverpool at Anfield, and ending at home to Chelsea before October, will test Arsenal’s resolve and challenge the teams’ grit as a potential contender for the title. Now, with the transfer window drawing to a dramatic, hectic close, there are plenty of variables still left to consider. Thankfully, the speedster
Theo Walcott has decided to make Arsenal his home until the end of this year. More importantly, however, in order for Wenger’s men to come out on top and hush their doubters and appease the Emirates faithful, Arsene Wenger must make some shrewd and important tactical decisions to capitalize on a rebuilding Liverpool bereft of Andy Caroll’s services.
5. Leave Olivier Giroud On The Pitch
The Gunners fired blanks in its first 2 games, and Giroud has received an undue amount of criticism for his performances. He missed a sitter against Sunderland in the second half after Santi Carzola had fed him through with a sublime reverse pass, and elected to go for an outrageous 40 yard effort rather than lay on a through pass to the onrushing Aaron Ramsey, who probably would have had a better chance on goal. For all his failed attempts to open his account at Arsenal, Giroud is without a doubt a talented striker with a lot of potential to become the next big thing at the Emirates. Wenger must show his faith in the French striker by rewarding him with more time on the pitch, and Giroud will eventually reward the manager with the goals that we’ve all been waiting for. After all, a striker’s confidence is inextricably linked to his performance (*ahem, Chamakh*), and what better place to score his first goal than Anfield? They stole Nuri Sahin from right under our noses… but more on that later.
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