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Olivier Giroud | Forward | #12

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/30/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 194

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Arsene Wenger could have Olivier Giroud available again after the forward missed Arsenal's previous two matches with a toe injury.
Between his toe injury and returning to fitness after a post-Euro 2016 break, we haven't had much of a chance to understand what Arsene Wenger's plans for Giroud are this season. Alexis Sanchez has been playing regularly as a center forward but it isn't entirely clear the extent to which that is by choice or because Giroud hasn't been ready and Lucas Perez is still adapting to live in the Premier League. Arsenal could certainly use Sanchez playing on the left side of the attack and helping to slow down Eden Hazard on Saturday but if Giroud isn't ready then Sanchez will likely continue at center forward supported by Iwobi, Ozil and Walcott. Sep 23 - 10:05 AM
Source: BBC Sport

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Arsenal started out terribly but recovered to net a draw against PSG in their Champions League group stage opener in Paris on Tuesday.

Arsenal looked like they might get overrun after PSG scored inside of a minute and dominated the play early. Arsene Wenger continued to insist on starting Alexis Sanchez in a central forward role for which he is ill-suited. The absence of Alexis' defensive tenacity on the left side contributed to the early PSG goal and the lack of a focal point in attack hurt any chances of a Gunners equalizer. With Olivier Giroud inserted in the second half, Arsenal improved significantly and scored an equalizer through Sanchez. Both clubs had chances to score a second but it ended 1-1 with Giroud and Veratti both sent off late.
Sep 13 - 4:52 PM

With Lucas Perez arriving at the Emirates it isn't clear how playing time will be distributed among Arsenal's attackers.

What we do know is that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will start. What is less clear, as it almost always seems to be, is how Arsene Wenger intends to arrange the other two attacking spots in his starting eleven now that Lucas Perez has joined from Deportivo La Coruna. Lucas played centrally in La Liga last season but is hardly a like for like exchange for Giroud. Lucas' game is based on speed and dribbling while Giroud's is based on strength and aerial prowess. If Wenger wants to play more like Leicester City did last season then Perez probably comes in for Giroud. If he wants to maintain the current 4-2-3-1 alignment with a focal point then Giroud retains his spot with Theo Walcott's spot on the right being more at risk. In the real world, this tactical flexibility is great for the club. In the fantasy world, especially in single-ownership leagues, the uncertainty drives down the value of all three players.
Source: @arsenal
Sep 2 - 9:17 AM

Arsenal will be without Euro2016 finalists Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny as they recover from their summer exertions. Both will miss Week 1 for sure.

Arsenal are in a rough spot at both positions as injuries and lack of depth threaten to undermine the center forward and center back spots. With Giroud and Koscielny both out while recovering from the summer tournament Danny Welbeck, Per Mertesacker, and Gabriel have all sustained significant injuries. That leaves Arsene Wenger to choose between moving Alexis or Theo Walcott into a central role or playing an untested youngster in Chuba Akpom against the Reds. At the back, Rob Holding, Krystian Bielik and Calum Chambers will be the options for Wenger on opening day.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 12 - 12:43 PM

Arsenal have reportedly made a €35million bid for Alexandre Lacazette and had it turned down by Lyon.

Lacazette makes all the sense in the world for Arsenal and reportedly has a release clause in the €42million range. Despite the clause, Lyon has stated in no uncertain terms that Lacazette is not for sale. If there is a release clause then they don't really get to decide that but it does seem clear from their posturing that Arsenal will have to meet that release clause if they want to land their target.
Jul 26 - 9:53 AM

France were firing on all cylinders, scoring four times in the first half and eventually disposing of Iceland, 5-2.

France had to come from behind to get past Republic of Ireland in the Round of 16, but they gave themselves a four goal cushion before halftime today. Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a clinical finish from a ball delivered by Blaise Matuidi over the top of the Iceland defense. Seven minutes later, Paul Pogba scored with a strong header from an Antoine Griezmann corner. Dmitiri Payet continued his impressive tournament, scoring with a low shot after accepting a Moussa Sissoko cross. Griezmann then chipped one in just before the break. Giroud bagged a brace with a second half goal, giving him 10 goals in his last nine starts for France. They play Germany in a huge semifinals on Thursday.
Source: The Guardian
Jul 3 - 4:54 PM

France were behind for the majority of the match, but a brace inside of four minutes by Antoine Griezmann turned things around, and they were able to advance to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win over Republic of Ireland.

It was the worst possible start for the host country, as they handed Republic of Ireland a penalty chance which was converted, inside the first three minutes, the quickest penalty scored in the history of the tournament. France went into the halftime looking the weaker side, but some tactics were changed for the second half, and they payed off. Most important was shifting Griezmann to a central role, playing behind Olivier Giroud. Just after the hour mark, Griezmann leveled the match, heading home a fine cross from Manchester City right back Bacary Sagna. Just a few minutes later, Olivier Giroud headed a ball into Griezmann's path and he sizzled it past the Irish keeper. He nearly made it a hat trick within five minutes, but Shane Duffy fouled him and was sent off for the infraction. France couldn't distance themselves from then on, but they allowed Republic of Ireland virtually no chance to search for an equalizer.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 26 - 11:07 AM

Olivier Giroud scored the tournament opener in the 57th minute against Romania after letting three solid chances go begging earlier in the match.

Olivier Giroud has been a controversial figure for both Arsenal and France. He scores goal at a solid clip but there exists a feeling that he should convert more chances than he does. That was on full display against Romania with Giroud failing on his first three chances on goal before scoring on the fourth. It was Giroud's seventh goal in his past six matches for his country.
Jun 10 - 4:25 PM

Reports out of France indicate that Olivier Giroud wants a sit down with Arsene Wenger over his Arsenal future.

Giroud started the season in strong enough form to justify his place as a starting forward for a big club. There have always been doubts about his ability to be a title winning starter for Arsenal but he was at least in the right ballpark in the early going. Then the second half of the season happened and he went goalless for a long spell and was replaced by Danny Welbeck as the preferred starter for a stretch of matches. Any reasonable observer would suggest that Giroud has reason to be worried about his prospects for playing time. If Arsenal are to challenge for the title then they need a forward who won't go months at a time without a goal.
May 19 - 1:33 PM

Much maligned forward Olivier Giroud scored a hat trick and Arsenal dispatched Aston Villa 4-0 at the Emirates on their way to clinching second place in the Premier League.

It was a day of redemption for the Gunners at the end of a season that was by some measures successful and by others a huge disappointment. Olivier Giroud continued his resurgence with a hat trick after a long goalless streak in 2016. The win saw the club finish second, their highest finish in the league since they opened the Emirates. Finally, departing captain Mikel Arteta was sent off with a goal to close the season that will likely be officially scored a Mark Bunn own goal. Despite all the good feelings to close the season, many will feel that Arsenal missed a chance to win a title.
May 15 - 1:31 PM

Arsenal just needs a point from its final match this season to secure a third-place finish following a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Manchester City.

Olivier Giroud was the clear star for the Gunners on Sunday at the Etihad with the Sky Blues desperate for three points in order to own their Champions League destiny. Just moments after Sergio Aguero opened the scoring early in the first half, the Frenchman headed in a corner from Mohamed Elneny to even things up with his first league goal in the last 11 Premier League matcehs. Giroud wasn't finished there as the forward deftly set up the equalizing goal in the 68th minute with a beautiful back-heeled pass that set up Alexis Sanchez to secure the point. However, it wasn't all good news as Danny Welbeck left the match in the first half with a knee injury while Jack Wilshere played most of the match as a first-half sub.
Source: NBC Sports
May 8 - 1:04 PM

Olivier Giroud netted a brace for Arsenal but Joe Allen equalized just before stoppage time and the two clubs had to settle for a point each at Anfield.

Arsenal went down a goal twice in the first half and fought back to even both times. First Aaron Ramsey and then Olivier Giroud scored the equalizers. In the second half Arsenal took the lead through Giroud who turned excellently to avoid Mamadou Sakho and fire past Simon Mignolet. With a win in their sights, the Gunners couldn't hold off the Reds who got a 90th minute goal from Joe Allen for the final 3-3 scoreline.
Jan 13 - 5:12 PM

After picking up a hat trick in Greece in midweek Olivier Giroud added a first half goal from the penalty spot at Villa Park.

Alan Hutton dragged Theo Walcott down in penalty area early in the match. Olivier Giroud scored the penalty in the 8th minute. Giroud was integral to Arsenal's second of the first half as well with Ozil eventually feeding Aaron Ramsey for his second in two weekends.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 09:28:00 AM

Arsenal's streak of advancing to the knockout stages of the Champions League continues as they pulled out a 3-0 win behind an Olivier Giroud hat trick and a strong performance from Joel Campbell.

The Gunners certainly made hard work of advancing from a group that didn't look too challenging but they got the job done and it was Olivier Giroud at the center of things as he scored all three Arsenal goals. The first came off of his head from an Aaron Ramsey cross, the second was scored with his left foot from a sublime Joel Campbell through ball and the final goal was a rocketed penalty. It all means that Arsenal advance as the second place team in their group and will await the draw for the knockout stages to see who they will play when the competition resumes in 2016.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 04:44:00 PM

Olivier Giroud scored an own goal for Sunderland and then a goal at the right end for Arsenal and it was the second one that proved decisive as Arsenal beat Sunderland 3-1 at the Emirates.

Mesut Ozil set up Joel Campbell to get the scoring going in the 33rd minute although Sam Allardyce will be upset that Fabio Borini had missed a chance previous to that. On the verge of halftime, Laurent Koscielny committed a foolish foul in his own third and the resulting free kick from Yann M'Vila was deflected into Petr Cech's net by Giroud. Giroud atoned for his mistake with a sweet headed goal from an Aaron Ramsey pass in the 63rd minute and Ramsey finished the scoring late. It was a good day for Arsenal as City, United, and Spurs all dropped points around them at the top of the table.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 12:00:00 PM