There's little doubt this season that Arsenal's inability to covert chances in front of the net has cost them more points than what Petr Cech brought the club this past summer. While we will never know how well the club would have done in earlier contests with a healthy Danny Welbeck, most of problem in our scoring inefficiencies have fallen on the gorgeous, rugged shoulders of Olivier Giroud.
Couple this season's shower of sadness with Giroud turning 30 shortly after next season begins, and you have a player the media will immediately zero in on for a departure away.
Over the weekend, rumors started to percolate from Italy, via Tuttosport, that Italian champions Juventus will be monitoring Giroud's situation were there be upheaval at Arsenal, in the form of either a managerial change or a new striker purchased.
Whether Juventus is a club that makes sense for a future landing spot for Giroud isn't the story so much as it coincides with Giroud's status in the face of Welbeck's blistering form as of late. Arsene Wenger appears to trust the former Manchester United hitman's ability to move smartly across the line and open up space for his teammates. Of course, one could also point to the fact that Welbeck's shown an ability to convert his opportunities in front of the net, something Giroud has famously struggled with on occasion.
There's still more to come, and probably more clubs to be linked with the Frenchman. But there have been rumblings of a squad shakeup for a month or so, and this might be one of the first big dominoes to fall.