Giroud injury would wreck Arsenal title charge, warns Gunners legend

Frank Mclintock

Frank Mclintock

Arsenal’s Premier League title tilt could be scuppered if Olivier Giroud gets injured, fears Gunners legend Frank McLintock.

Arsene Wenger’s side are sitting pretty at the top of the table but have had to rely heavily on Giroud up front and he has already scored eight times this campaign.

Wenger has scarce cover for the French striker with Nicklas Bendter the only recognised forward. When fit, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott could stand in to lead the line and at a push the largely untried youngster Yaya Sanogo could be used.

But ex-Highbury skipper McLintock reckons losing Giroud through injury could be devastating to the north London outfit’s league crown ambition.

He said: “Arsenal are getting much closer than they were last year but they still desperately need another centre-forward. If Giroud gets injured they could be in bad trouble and that could undo all the good work so far this season.

“When you think of Man United, who won the Premier League title last year, they’ve got four strikers, we’ve got one, or two if you count Nicklas Bendtner.”

Meanwhile, McLintock believs the addition of Matthieu Flamini to the squad in the summer has been hugely advantageous for Wenger.

He added: “Flamini has been wonderful. For a free transfer he’s settled into that team very well. As soon as he came on the pitch he was like the captain, organising people, and that’s what Arsenal needed.

“We’ve got some very good midfield players at Arsenal but they are all alike, and Flamini makes the difference. He holds his position, makes his tackles and controls the midfield.”