There’s a lot of fluff floating around the Arsenal ether this morning. Lukas Podolski has admitted he’d like to see Arsene wearing Lederhosen, Thomas Vermaelen reveals that he not only likes London’s restaurants but actually eats in them and Olivier Giroud has been talking about lunging.
Granted the last of those had Arseblog News in a fluster, but rather than focus on the thought of our Handsome French Bloke drenched in stretch-induced sweat, we’ll relay his thoughts on how he’s trying to improve both his heading and penalty box play.
Speaking to FourFourTwo Performance, in an interview which might have been conducted ages ago but seems pretty timeless, Olivier reveals that his ability in the air is key to his all-round game.
“Winning headers is not about pushing the opponent out of the way; it’s all about getting your timing right when you jump,” he said with typical Gallic authority.
“Before the ball comes to you, know where you are positionally, know where the defender is and most importantly know where your team-mates are, so you can divert the ball towards them,” he continued, presumably under the impression we were after guidance.
“I’m a goalscorer, but I’m a creator as well, and I like that part of the game. I’m an unselfish forward. Playing this way worked well at Montpellier when I had Younes Belhanda alongside me.”
Arseblog News has to confess we read ‘lover’ instead of ‘forward’ at first. Anyway, Olivier also has some words of wisdom about working with teammates on the training ground.
“You have to work with your wide players in training so they know what runs you’re going to make.
“Normally, if the crosser gets to the line he’ll send it to the front post, and if it’s a cross from deeper it goes to the back post. But if I make a run between the front post and the defender, that means he should aim for the near post.
“It’s important that you and your team-mates agree on the strategy in training. At Montpellier I worked on this with [wide players] Garry Bocaly and Henri Bedimo all the time.”
Yeah, we too think those last two names sound made up. Anyway, Theo and Lukas, if you happen to be reading…pay attention to the above.