The problem was less the sub, more the options
COQUELIN for Giroud with five minutes left provoked chants from the away end of “you don’t know what you’re doing”. If the accusation was that we were settling for a draw when a win was on the cards, I think that was off the mark because we were going for the win.
But if the accusation was that it was a farce that we had no attacker to summon from the bench at such a moment then the complaint is spot on and it is a point I’ve made repeatedly this season: we are woefully short of viable striker options and it is costing us already.
You need to be able to change a game and to do that you need not just attackers but strikers. Gervinho is not such a player and so with Chamakh not even on the bench, it is Giroud or nothing and that simply isn’t good enough.
How can it be when five years ago the manager had Adebayor, Van Persie, Bendtner and Eduardo to choose from? That we were playing with two up front at the time matters little because even if one up there on his own is your default, there should always be the capacity in the squad to go two up front when needed.
It leads, almost inevitably, to talk of a return for Thierry Henry in January. That such a move would make short term sense is utterly depressing frankly. That is anything but a comment on Henry, who I consider the highlight of my football life, but instead an indictment of our situation. We do need a striker – or even two – but not short term options. They should be long term challengers to Giroud.
We’re currently ten points behind, which is if anything less than you might have thought. But ten points after thirteen games equates to 29 after 38 games and a points total in the 50s, which is poor frankly.
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