Former Arsenal forward Paul Merson believes Everton should have dished out £40m ($52m) to the Gunners to add Olivier Giroud to their ranks as the forward would have assured them of 15 goals per season, something they are in dire need of at the moment. The Toffees’ start to their Europa League campaign was nothing to write home about, losing 3-0 to Italian sode Atlanta with the Merseyside club struggling to record goals.
Giroud could have delivered goals for Everton
Ronald Koeman spent heavily in the transfer market but failed to find a suitable replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who transferred to Manchester United. Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramirez, Gyfil Sigurdsson all put in an effort in the game, but were unable to reduce the deficit.
Giroud himself admitted he was close to saying his goodbyes at the Emirate Stadium during the summer transfer window until talks with his family saw him rethink his decision. The 30-year-old made just 11 starts in the Premier League last season and was heavily linked with a move to Everton and West Ham United following the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette at Arsenal.
Koeman prioritized the addition of a front-line forward during the final weeks of the transfer window but despite the arrival of new signings in the summer, he was unable to seal a deal.
“One you wouldn’t have been able to do that, but you had to have a go. Even if you ring up Arsenal and say here’s £35-40m for Giroud. It might be a couple of quid overprice, but he would get you 15 goals,” Merson told Sky Sports, as quoted by the Express.
“It’s a nice tight pitch at Goodison Park, he’d have played inside the lines, wouldn’t have had to run the channels – and you’ve got people like Sigurdsson who can put the ball on a sixpence at set plays. I don’t see how he wouldn’t have got 15 goals. But to go with Sandro and the other lad (Vlasic) – would they get 15 between them this season?” he added.