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Olivier Giroud | Forward

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

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Olivier Giroud continued his excellent goal-scoring form but Arsenal were routed in Munich as Bayern Munich beat the Gunners 5-1 in Champions League action.
Another goal for Giroud, no matter how pretty the takedown and volley were, was scant consolation as Arsenal were dismantled by the defending Bundesliga champions. Things got even worse with Olympiakos coming from behind to beat Dinamo Zagreb putting the Greek squad even with Bayern on points in Champions League Group F. Arsenal would need to win their final two matches while Olympiokos loses both. Even if that happens, Arsenal will need to overturn a significant gap in goal differential with the Greek side currently even while Arsenal are at -4. It's going to be an uphill climb for the Gunners regardless of how well they've been playing in the Premier League. Nov 4 - 4:38 PM

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Olivier Giroud continued to score at a prolific rate as he scored Arsenal's opener against Everton in the Gunners' 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Giroud has been mostly relegated to being a substitute since August but he has certainly not let it curtail his form. He has continued scoring goals in big situations. On Saturday, Arsene Wenger gave the France international a start against Everton and he rewarded his manager with an all-action performance and a third goal in the space of a week after substitute goals against Watford and Bayern Munich. Wenger will enjoy the luxury of choosing between Giroud and Theo Walcott who are both in excellent form for club and country.
Oct 26 - 4:53 PM

Olivier Giroud continued his exceptional goalscoring form from the substitutes bench as he came on late against Bayern Munich and scored the winner.

It wasn't Giroud's most artistic goal ever but it may well have been his most important. With the game deadlocked at nil-nil, Giroud half dove and half stumbled into a ball into the box for Arsenal's first goal of the match. Manuel Neuer tracked the run of Laurent Koscielny and both players saw the ball go over their head and into the face and then, unintentionally, the arms of Giroud. From that awkward position the ball rolled into an unattended Bayern net to the joy of the Emirates faithful. Mesut Ozil scored a late insurance goal from a lung-busting Hector Bellerin run and cross for the final 2-0 scoreline.
Oct 20 - 5:04 PM

Olivier Giroud scored his third goal as a substitute in the Premier League this season in Arsenal's 3-0 win over Watford on Saturday.

Olivier Giroud's value as a fantasy option is hard to pin down. He has clearly lost his job as Arsenal's starting center forward for the time being and maybe permanently. What he hasn't done is stop scoring. Since being removed from the starting line-up (starting with the Newcastle match on August 29), Giroud has played in six Premier League matches as a substitute and scored three goals. Giroud's upside is limited if he's not starting so you wouldn't want to start him in salary cap-type games. In single-ownership formats Giroud has surprising value if you don't have one of the premium forwards or if you suffer an injury.
Oct 20 - 12:21 PM

Olivier Giroud scored a spectacular volley from a Mesut Ozil cross before goals for each side from a Palace defender for a 2-1 win for Arsene Wenger's side.

The first half was full of exceptional play from both sides. Alexis Sanchez had a great chance early that was cleared off the line that could have buried Palace. Shortly after that, Olivier Giroud reached back with a volley from an Ozil cross for the opener and a sigh of relief from Gunners everywhere. Joel Ward scored a beautiful goal from distance beating Petr Cech to the far side for the 1-1 halftime score. Alexis was at it again in the second half heading a ball off of Damien Delaney who deflected it sharply into the Palace net for the 2-1 final score.
Aug 16 - 10:37 AM

Arsenal have confirmed via social media that contrary to reports Olivier Giroud was never unconscious at any stage following a sickening clash of heads with West Ham defender James Tomkins.

Arsenal endured a difficult day at the Emirates and found themselves 2-nil down within the hour as Zarate doubled the visitors lead following another individual error. Petr Cech having gambled unnecessarily moments before half-time when racing off his line only for Cheikhou Kouyate to head the opener. Arsenal pushed hard looking for the breakthrough and as Giroud challenged for a whipped cross the Frenchman was clattered into accidentally by Tomkins. The coming together left both men limp on the turf and as concerned team mates rapidly approached cameras appeared to show an unresponsive Giroud being rolled into the recovery position. However following lengthy treatment the pair were able to continue. Whether to avoid reprisals from the FA – over concussion protocol – or otherwise a statement was released advising that Giroud was never indeed knocked out.
Aug 9 - 5:06 PM

Arsenal got six goals from six different players and they were all worth watching as the Gunners got off to a scorching start in their yearly pre-season tournament with a 6-0 win over Lyon.

Olivier Giroud, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alex Iwobi, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, and Santi Cazorla all put their names on the score sheet and it could have been more with Chuba Akpom and Theo Walcott enjoying good late chances as well. Pre-season hopes will be high after Arsenal looked excellent in destroying a quality opponent with both teams featuring strong line-ups. Ozil and Giroud shared man of the match honors with two assists each along with their goals. Aaron Ramsey also contributed an assist in addition to his goal.

For the second time in a few weeks, reports are circulating that Arsenal have lost the race to sign Jackson Martinez. This time to Atletico Madrid.

The Porto and Colombia forward was announced as an AC Milan player in mid-June and that has failed to come to fruition. Now comes word that Martinez is signed and sealed for Atletico Madrid. The rumor makes more sense as Atletico is in the Champions League and presumably capable of paying both the transfer and wages of a premium forward. Whether Arsenal were chasing the player as hard as rumored isn't clear but supporters will quickly get over their joy at the signing of Petr Cech if a new forward isn't added to compete with Olivier Giroud this summer.
Jun 24 - 10:45 AM

Word from Portugal is that Jackson Martinez has picked AC Milan as his next destination over rumored interest from Arsenal and others.

It is unclear whether Arsenal actually tripped the player's release clause and lost out on bidding to Milan or weren't as interested as the media had been speculating. What does seem to be clear is that Jackson Martinez will be playing in Milan next season. Porto President Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa said that a deal had been reached and didn't sound like there was anything left to be done and wished the player well in Milan.
Jun 13 - 1:11 PM

Arsenal will be concerned by the latest reports that Olivier Giroud was seen leaving training yesterday on crutches after falling to the ground clutching his calf.

Giroud is currently on international duty as France prepare for this weekends’ Euro 2016 qualifying game in Albania, although it now looks increasingly likely that the striker will return to the Emirates for further assessment. The severity of problem is unknown at this stage but Giroud will need a scan - Arsenal however remain hopeful the injury will have no impact on his pre-season schedule. With Danny Welbeck struggling with a bruised knee forgotten man Lukas Podolski may get an opportunity to shine following his return from an unsuccessful loan spell at Inter Milan although Theo Walcott is aiming to make the centre-forward berth his own after finishing the campaign strongly.
Jun 10 - 4:45 AM

In a story that could have been copied and pasted from last summer...or the summer before, Arsenal are reportedly in negotiations with Porto and Jackson Martinez to bring the forward to the Emirates.

With a compliment to/improvement on Olivier Giroud on the to do list for the summer, Arsenal have been linked with Jackson Martinez for the third or fourth summer running. The Colombian has a £24.7 million release clause that would leave Porto powerless to prevent a move if the player and Arsenal reach an agreement on personal terms. Liverpool have also been linked with Martinez.
May 29 - 9:34 AM

If Arsenal are unable to secure an established big name like Karim Benzema over the summer they may be considering Villarreal's Gerard Moreno as a cheaper alternative with big upside.

Bringing in another young player with potential isn't exactly what Arsenal supporters are hoping for this summer but the club has to have a contingency plan in the event that they are unable to sign a big name. Today's rumor mill has unearthed the name of Gerard Moreno who, at age 23, scored 16 goals in La Liga for Villarreal last season. At 5'10" he isn't exactly a like-for-like replacement for Olivier Giroud but he is more substantial than the likes of Theo Walcott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but shorter than Danny Welbeck. It certainly feels like a pre-Ozil Wenger move but it might be the tabloids failing to re-adjust their sites after the signings of Ozil and Sanchez over the past two summers.
May 27 - 10:44 AM

Olivier Giroud has sputtered down the stretch as Arsenal have struggled to score over their past four matches.

The France international was on fire from mid-February through early April but his production seems to have hit something of a wall. Whether he is, as some commentators have posited, just not an elite talent or whether he is struggling after playing a lot of minutes consecutively without a rest isn't clear. It is also possible that he has just been unlucky in recent weeks. A flicked attempt against Sunderland forced a strong save while a near-post run resulted in a good shot into the side netting rather than into the net. The bounces and inches were with him when he was scoring 10 goals in 10 matches across all competitions for Arsenal. They have not been with him as he has gone scoreless in seven Premier League starts since then. With Arsenal essentially guaranteed third place and Giroud probably in need of a rest, it wouldn't be shocking to see him rotated for the finale against West Brom on Sunday.
May 21 - 3:47 PM

Arsenal got two first half goals from Olivier Giroud in a dominant first half and then held on as Newcastle upped their effort significantly in the second half.

It was an odd match for Arsenal who looked like they could have scored four or five in the first half and did get to from Olivier Giroud off of set pieces. The in-form French forward scored for his fifth straight Premier League match as he guided a Danny Welbeck header in for Arsenal's first and then headed home from a Santi Cazorla corner for the second. The Gunners conceded a Moussa Sissoko goal early in the second half and then had to hold on as Newcastle attacked relentlessly for the rest of the half.
Mar 21 - 1:00 PM

Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey both scored and Arsenal dominated proceedings but they couldn't get the third goal they needed to advance.

The late goal Arsenal gave up in the first leg felt deflating at the time and it ultimately proved too much to overcome. Arsenal needed three but could only manage two plus some half-chances and a denied penalty claim. It was a good effort but just not good enough.
Mar 17 - 9:00 PM