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Olivier Giroud | Forward | #12

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

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said the club will assess injuries to Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla prior to the weekend.
While Cazorla has missed more than a month with an Achilles injury, Giroud has struggled to stay fit throughout the season due to various injuries. The Frenchman missed the club's League Cup loss to Southampton on Wednesday with a groin problem, but has a chance to face West Ham this weekend, according to Wenger: "Giroud is short, but has a chance to be available for Saturday. Cazorla I don’t know, honestly. It’s just inflammation. It can go in two days, two weeks - I don’t know. He has no setback, the inflammation is just still here. At the moment, it’s stable." Dec 1 - 5:19 AM

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Olivier Giroud will miss the EFL Cup quarter-final against Southampton due to a minor muscular issue.

Speaking after the win over Bournemouth, Arsène Wenger confirmed Giroud had "felt a twitch in the back of his hamstring" during the dying moments of the game. However, tests have since revealed that the Frenchman suffered a "slight groin problem" which will keep him side-lined on Wednesday. There is no indication on whether he will return for the London derby with West Ham this weekend. Mathieu Debuchy is also ruled out and the extent of his hamstring injury is yet to be determined: "He has a scan today [Tuesday] but we don’t have the results yet," Wenger told Luca Perez will return having the missed the last month due to the ankle ligament injury he sustained during the fourth round win over Reading.
Source: Metro
Nov 30 - 6:24 AM

Arsenal appear destined for another second place group stage finish after managing only a home draw against PSG at the Emirates on Wednesday.

Arsenal were decidedly second best in the first half with their only chance an Olivier Giroud penalty that the Frenchman converted. The goal from the spot leveled Edinson Cavani's opener that saw PSG carve open Arsenal's central defense. The second half saw improved play from Arsenal but the sides exchanged own goals for the final 2-2 result. PSG's two goals mean that assuming both teams win their final match that PSG will win the group on head-to-head away goals.
Nov 23 - 4:50 PM

Arsenal put on one of the weaker attacking displays in quite some time and were down a goal late, but Olivier Giroud scored to level the match as the Gunners draw with Manchester United, 1-1.

Alexis Sanchez offered a bit of threat in the opening minutes, but over the course of the match, Arsenal offered very little threat. They failed to register a shot on target in the opening half for the first time this season and their first ten crosses failed to connect. They were lucky to be 0-0 at the break, as Petr Cech made three quality saves and Nacho Monreal escaped a possible foul that would have awarded United a penalty. Arsenal would concede the opener on the 69th minute, but twenty minutes later, two substitutes combined to rescue the draw. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sent a cross into the box and Giroud leaped high to head home strongly. Considering how they played for the majority of the match, the Gunners will be happy with the point.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 19 - 9:38 AM

An second half appearance by Olivier Giroud sparked Arsenal's attack as they would score three times in quick succession to blow past woeful Sunderland, 1-4.

Arsenal dictated proceedings from the opening whistle and found the opener on 19 minutes, when Alexis Sanchez leaped high to head home an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross. Sunderland kept pace from then on and, after Alexis was denied a penalty shout from the referee, the Black Cats leveled the score with their own spot kick. All thoughts of an upset were smashed within a seven minute stretch though, as Giroud would score from a Kieran Gibbs cross and a Mesut Ozil in his first two touches and Sanchez poked home from an Aaron Ramsey pass. A confidence-builder against Sunderland as the Gunners prepare for next weekend's North London derby.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 29 - 9:32 AM

Olivier Giroud is finally set to return as Arsenal prepare to face Reading in the League Cup on Tuesday.

Arsene Wenger will use the League Cup match with Championship club Reading to rest some of his usual starters and get some needed match action for others returning to action. Olivier Giroud and Carl Jenkinson fall into the latter category and should start as part of their return from injury. Expect players like Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott, Koscielny, Monreal, Bellerin and Cech to get a much-needed rest.
Oct 24 - 4:25 PM

Arsene Wenger has indicated that Olivier Giroud is still short of fitness and will miss out on the visit of Middlesbrough.

With Alexis still firmly entrenched as a center forward of sorts and Lucas Perez a more direct replacement, Olivier Giroud's role is unclear going forward. What is clear is that he won't be back until Week 10 against Sunderland at the earliest.
Oct 21 - 9:50 AM

Arsene Wenger has described his France international forward as continuing his preparation for a return to first team action but he will not be ready for Arsenal's Champions League tie on Wednesday.

With a center forward-less attack thriving with Alexis Sanchez the nominal center forward in an interchangeable front four with Ozil, Iwobi and Walcott, Giroud may not get the playing time he's hoping for once he returns to fitness. With Arsenal scoring all three of it's goals against Swansea City in Week 3 through midfielders running into central positions that Giroud would have been occupying it may well be that Giroud is relegated to late-match change of pace. Like Ramsey's return, Giroud's is worth watching for what it may say about how Arsenal intend to play when fully healthy.
Oct 18 - 2:19 PM

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud must have suffered some knock as he will miss his third week of action due to the injury.

The French international returned from injury in Week 6 as a second-half substitute, only to suffer another knock that has ruled him out for the weekend match against Swansea City. Manager Arsene Wenger was optimistic that Giroud could use the international break to return, but he has only just begun minor fitness drills: "Giroud will be a little bit the same because he has been out now, he has still not been on the pitches. I think he starts to have a jog again today for the first time so he has been interrupted a lot in his preparation. We have to build his fitness up again."
Oct 13 - 8:02 PM

Arsene Wenger, speaking ahead of Arsenal's Week 7 match with Burnley, ruled out his France international forward due to the continuing effects of a toe injury.

With an international break looming and Arsenal playing extremely well in all competitions, Arsene Wenger is playing it cautious. Wenger indicated that Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin will all miss out on the Gunners' Week 7 match with Burnley. Presumably this means that the attacking group of Iwobi, Ozil, Walcott, and Sanchez will carry on with Oxlade-Chamberlain the first attacking option off the bench and Kieran Gibbs a potential sub to help lock down the match in the final minutes with a lead.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 30 - 9:26 AM

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.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 23 - 10:05 AM

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