By ESPNSTAR.com staff
After months of speculation, Arsenal finally announced the completion of Giroud's transfer deal, making the Frenchman manager Arsene Wenger's second signing of the summer after Lukas Podolski. Giroud was highly rated in Ligue 1, where he fired former club Montpellier to the league title.
Auclair told the Arsenal official website that the striker's dynamism will vastly improve the team's forays upfront.
"He is around 6ft 3in tall, so you would be talking in principle about a typical target man who you can hook the ball to and hope he holds it up. But he is not just that, though. He has huge physical presence, but one of the main characteristics of his game is his intelligence and willingness to find his team-mates in the danger zone. He is very alert to the runs made by his wingers, and is known for his link-up play as much as his finishing," he stated.
"He is terrific with his back to goal, at receiving the ball sometimes from awkward angles and, crucially for Arsenal when you think of their style of play, he has the technique and intelligence to play first touch. He doesn't offer just a physical presence, an aerial presence and a danger in front of goal, but he is also incredibly quick-thinking and quick-footed."
With Wenger intending to keep club captain and Premier League top scorer Robin van Persie, the Emirates Stadium faithful are eager to find out where Giroud will figure in the Gunners starting line-up. Auclair believes the French striker should be given the nod upfront, with van Persie playing just behind him.
"He should be a 15 to 25 goals a season striker in the Premier League. You are always going to play him in a central position in this Arsenal team, I don't imagine he would be shifted to the flanks," he shared.
"I can imagine a 4-4-1-1 with Robin van Persie playing in a Bergkamp role; I can imagine a new version of a 4-4-2; and I can imagine Robin playing on the right as an inverted winger too."
Giroud is considered something of a late bloomer, having only played top flight football for a few years. However, Auclair considers that such a characteristic could work in Arsenal's advantage.
"There is no doubt whatsoever that he will adapt to English football, he has the right physique and the right mentality. He is very confident and I do like players who come to top-level football late in their careers, a la Didier Drogba. You are talking about a player who only discovered the top level of French football in 2010 and he is very fresh and hungry, and this will play a part in his adaption," he said.
"He is a very bright young man, he communicates well and has a very good temperament. He was part of a Montpellier team which had a remarkable team spirit, and he never thought of himself as the top guy there, he is quite humble. He really is a terrific acquisition."