first_imgThe news Olivier Giroud is likely to miss three months of action with a broken tibia was hard to take for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.But, following reports of moves for Edinson Cavani, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao, the Frenchman has ruled out bringing in a ‘panic buy’ replacement for last season’s 16-goal hero, which could be good news for Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell.So could the Gunners line up in Giroud’s absence? talkSPORT looks at the possibilitiesSanchez as a central strikerWenger seems extremely keen to play summer signing Sanchez down the middle, having handed him the role for 45 minutes against Everton and for 90 minutes against Besiktas in the Champions League.The Chilean’s pace means he can cause defenders havoc, but he hasn’t had the best of times dealing with the physicality the position demands so far.Giving Sanchez this responsibility also allows Wenger to shoehorn the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil into the same side.How it could look…Sanogo a goer?If Sanchez fails to impress centrally it’s likely he will switch to the system which saw Arsenal beat Manchester City 3-0 in the Community Shield, with Yaya Sanogo up top.The Frenchman showed in that game he can bully defenders, like he did in the build up to Aaron Ramsey’s strike and this would see Sanchez shifted out to the flank where he can do damage and deliver quality crosses.How it could look…Is three the magic number?With Arsenal lining up in a 4-1-4-1, more often than not these days, we could see a switch to 4-3-3, if Wenger is brave enough.Sanogo can act as the battering ram with Sanchez and either starlet Joel Campbell or World Cup winner Lukas Podolski flanking him in the forward line.Behind them could sit a deep-lying trio of midfielders with Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil, providing the ammo in what could be a devastating formation.How it could look…Diamonds are foreverTo make the most of Arsenal’s creativity in midfielder Wenger has the possibility to change tact, if he so wishes, and implement a diamond formation.The Gunners boss likes his full-backs to get forward so they will be able to make up for the lack of width, while it means Sanogo and Sanchez could combine as a strike partnership.And the north London side’s bountiful selection of playmakers could see them field a quartet of midfielders capable of passing sides to death and providing their team-mates with plenty of assists.How it could look…Arsenal fans, how do you think the Gunners will line up with Giroud? Tell us below… 1 Yaya Sanogo in action last_img

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