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Olivier Giroud | Forward

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/30/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 194

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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

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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

Olivier Giroud's rocket just before halftime was all Arsenal needed in their 3-0 win over West Ham at the Emirates.

It looked like Arsenal would have to sweat out the match as Giroud's blast into the top corner was the only goal of the match through 80 minutes. Arsene Wenger got to relax as Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini scored in quick succession to close out the match. The goals were just reward as the Gunners dominated play throughout the match.
Mar 14 - 1:55 PM

He may have had a clanger against Monaco but he scored for his second straight Premier League match in Arsenal's 2-1 win over QPR in Week 28.

Giroud's goal came through persistence more than skill this time around. The French forward was the first to a rebounded Kieran Gibbs shot and powered home past Robert Green. The goal wasn't Giroud's only contribution either, he managed three overall shots on target which, in combination with a goal, is a great effort in most formats that reward more than just the basic statistics.
Mar 6 - 4:51 PM

Arsenal recovered from their mid-week embarrassment against Monaco with a 2-0 win over Everton.

Olivier Giroud started the scoring with a volley from a corner kick. The goal got the French forward back on track after he let two good opportunities go begging in mid-week. Tomas Rosicky scored a late goal to ice the match although he got help from a deflection.
Mar 1 - 11:11 AM

It wasn't evident in his Champions League effort but Olivier Giroud has been very good in the Premier League since returning from injury.

The French forward's form has been following that of his team in the New Year. His production dipped against Spurs and Leicester City but he was back with another goal against Crystal Palace. Whether it comes in the form of goals, assists, shots on target or other phantom points, Giroud has been a solid bet and seems likely to continue that against Everton in Week 27.
Feb 25 - 9:10 PM

Olivier Giroud hit for a rapid-fire brace in the 27th and 29th minutes and Arsenal cruised into the FA Cup quarter-finals over Middlesbrough on Sunday.

It may have been Giroud who scored the two goals but Arsenal battered the Boro goal for the entire match. The French center forward had multiple opportunities to complete his hat trick and Sanchez, Ozil, Cazorla, and Walcott all had multiple good chances as well that were either saved or just missed the target. In short, it could have been far worse for Boro. Arsenal will also be happy that they kept a clean sheet after making three changes at the back with Calum Chambers, Gabriel and Kieran Gibbs coming in for Bellerin, Mertesacker, and Monreal and Flamini starting for Coquelin.
Feb 16 - 9:56 AM

Olivier Giroud has served his three match ban and is available for Arsenal's Week 21 match with Stoke City at the Emirates.

Still smarting from the destruction at the hands of Stoke City in December, Arsenal get a number of attacking players back for the re-match. Olivier Giroud returns from suspension and Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey are both back from injury and ready to return to the squad. Giroud is the most likely of the group to start since his was not a health-related issue and he should be match fit and rested. Ozil and Ramsey may be brought along more slowly with Arsene Wenger likely starting only one of the two for fear of being forced into a specific set of substitutions for players not yet ready to play the full 90 minutes.
Jan 9 - 1:32 PM

Olivier Giroud scored his third goal in his past two matches to put Arsenal up 2-1 in the 64th minute but they couldn't hold on and had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Anfield.

Arsenal were up a man and a goal heading into the waning minutes of second half extra time. The Gunners answered Philippe Coutinho's first half opener with some head tennis that ended in Mathieu Debuchy scoring in first half stoppage time. In the 64th minute, Giroud was at his best deftly flicking a ball to Cazorla who reversed it to the France international who powered it through Brad Jones' legs for a 2-1 lead. Things looked up for the Gunners when Fabio Borini was sent off with a few minutes left in stoppage time but Liverpool continued to press Arsene Wenger's defensive substitutions and got a late equalizer for the final score.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 01:07:00 PM

Olivier Giroud has been up and down since returning from injury but was definitely "up" again scoring a brace against Newcastle on Saturday.

The France international showed why he can be such a valuable player when he is on his game. His towering header for Arsenal's opening goal was a prototypical center forward's goal. His second goal showed off his deft touch as he directed a near-post Hector Bellerin cross. Throw in the sort of ability he showed with his late goal from outside the box against Manchester United and his ability to link attacking moves together and he can be a devastating force. He will likely never be in the Robin van Persie/Sergio Aguero class of forwards who can win a game by themselves but he's certainly an extremely valuable starter when healthy and in form.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 01:41:00 PM

Olivier Giroud didn't come into the match against Southampton until the second half but once he arrived he was spectacular.

Yes, it was only a total of ten fantasy points in the Yahoo system but given the compressed timeframe that it was accomplished in, that's a fairly impressive accomplishment. In 26 minutes of action, Giroud produced two shots on target and won two fouls, a corner and a tackle. He also had another headed shot that was blocked by the raised arm of a Southampton defender in the penalty area but went uncalled. It didn't count for fantasy purposes but it added to the impressive showing and started the sequence that led to Arsenal's winning goal.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 02:31:00 PM

Olivier Giroud scored Arsenal's only goal against Manchester United in stoppage time to mark his return to competitive action.

It was a short but busy substitute appearance for Olivier Giroud against Manchester United at the Emirates on Saturday. His first touch after coming on was a header from an Arsenal corner that wasn't too far from target. In stoppage time he managed to score a goal and get a yellow card. With Danny Welbeck limping toward the end of the match it seems likely that Giroud will get a start next weekend.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 02:36:00 PM

Arsene Wenger has indicated that Olivier Giroud will be available this weekend against Manchester United, three to four weeks ahead of schedule.

The France international has been out for three months with a fractured leg suffered scoring the tying goal against Everton early in the season. His manager indicated that he will be available for the match this weekend but did not indicate whether Giroud would be ready to start or not. It seems most likely that Giroud will take a place on the bench and come in as a late-match substitute this week before contending for a starting spot in the weeks to come.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 11:22:00 AM

Olivier Giroud may not be fit to play but apparently his writing hand is in working order as he penned a new deal that will keep him at the club through 2018.

The Frenchman broke his tibia in Arsenal's furious comeback against Everton earlier in the season and won't be back until early 2015 but his new contract, believed to be for £80,000-a-week, will see him stay at the Emirates into his early 30s. With Danny Welbeck now on board to give him competition it will be fascinating to see how Arsene Wenger doles out the playing time between the two forwards in the event they're ever healthy at the same time.
Source: The Mirror
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 09:50:00 AM