Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa: 5 Talking Points
- An analysis of the result and Arsenal's season as a whole
Arsenal finished the season on a high by securing second place in the Premier League. It was another season of ‘what ifs’ for Arsenal, a year when they could have been crowned champions only to once again falter at critical stages.
But they showed what they are capable of when they’re on song, against an already relegated Villa . Olivier Giroud who had gone 14 matches without scoring a goal in the league made it 4 in two games with his hat-trick. Mesut Ozil recorded his 19th assist of the season falling just one short of Thierry Henry’s all-time record.
Here are 5 talking points from the match
1) Giroud’s erratic form underlined Arsenal’s need for a top striker
There is no doubt Olivier Giroud is a decent striker. His hat-trick today demonstrated how good he can be when he is confident and scoring for fun. But the 14-game spell where he couldn’t manage a single goal highlights his inconsistency.
The big question now is if he is the right forward to lead Arsenal to challenge for the title. Going by his four seasons so far at the club, the answer would definitely be no. Giroud has not scored more than 20 goals in a season so far for the Gunners and every title winning team needs a top striker.
Arsene Wenger’s comments after the game were also not very encouraging. The Frenchman indicated that Giroud will be leading the line once again next season and he won’t look to sign a new striker.