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Olivier Giroud | Forward | #12

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/30/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 194

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Olivier Giroud will miss Arsenal's Saturday clash with Spurs while he recovers from a thigh injury picked up on international duty.
The France international has been infrequently used by Arsene Wenger in the Premier League so, on the face of it, this isn't a big announcement as Arsenal face off with rival Spurs at the Emirates in Week 12 action. The reason it is noteworthy is that Danny Welbeck is also questionable for the match as he recovers from his own injury and Wenger has been reluctant to use Alexandre Lacazette in matches against "big" opponents. This could lead to Wenger starting Alexis Sanchez centrally with Alex Iwobi and Mesut Ozil flanking him or to Lacazette taking the central post with Sanchez and one of Ozil/Iwobi opposite the Chilean. Nov 17 - 8:32 PM

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Olivier Giroud will be assessed on his return to Colney after the France international suffered a thigh injury prior to the friendly with Wales.

Speaking after the 2-0 victory, Giroud revealed he picked up a "small muscular problem" in the warm-up and was only able to play after taking two anti-inflammatory drugs and strapping his thigh. However, moments after scoring [71st minute], Deschamps replaced Giroud and he was seen applying ice to his thigh on the sidelines. If he does miss out this weekend, then Arsène Wenger will be able to call upon Danny Welbeck who is poised for a comeback after taking part in full training. The injury-plagued attacker has just recovered from his latest setback, a groin injury, and is hoping to be included in Saturdays north London derby after impressing during the early part of the season. Aaron Ramsey will also be available after Chris Coleman confirmed his withdrawal from the Wales squad had been planned: "No matter how we felt, we decided that it would be one game. He came through the game okay."
Source: Mail Online
Nov 13 - 9:16 AM

Arsenal's Europa League successful campaign continued in Belgrade as the Gunners beat Red Star on a late, spectacular goal from Olivier Giroud.

The France international's chances have been few and far between in the Premier League but he showed in the late going that he still has some magic in his boots. It was no scorpion kick but it was an impressive quasi-bicycle with his left foot from a looping header from just wide of the net. The tally was important as the Gunners were on the verge of leaving the Serbian capital with only a point and at least giving Red Star some hope of topping the group. With the win, the Gunners open a five point lead in the Group H standings. The Gunners took advantage of a red card to Milan Rodic in the 80th minute. Without the dismissal it might have been an uncomfortable nil-nil draw. The win should give the Gunners freedom to play increasingly inexperienced line-ups as the group stage wraps up which will help with their Premier League efforts as the fixture schedule gets clogged up.
Oct 19 - 2:56 PM

Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud capped off a wild season opener at the Emirates as Arsenal topped Leicester City 4-3.

Arsenal scored first and last and managed an incredible come-from-behind win over Leicester City to start the Premier League season. Down 3-2 in the 83rd minute, Aaron Ramsey scored the equalizer from a Granite Xhaka ball in. Two minutes later it was Giroud, who fought through a serious shirt tug, who scored the dramatic winner from a Xhaka corner. New signings Lacazette and Kolasinac contributed with a goal and assist respectfully.
Aug 11 - 4:46 PM

Olivier Giroud could be on his way once the deal for Alexandre Lacazette is finalised.

A club-record fee has been agreed for the 26-year-old and his arrival will alert Everton who are said to be keen on the France star. Giroud was recently quoted as saying "I would love to win another title, or maybe more until the end of my contract [at Arsenal]," but the arrival of his international teammate may prompt a change of heart having slipped further down the pecking order. The news will also pique West Ham's interest who won't be put off by his £20 million price tag. Former Arsenal full-back Nigel Winterburn is hoping the big money signing will be used to convince Alexis Sanchez, who has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City, to stay at the club for another season. "He can play on the left, up front or in the hole. Arsenal cannot afford to bring in Lacazette then two weeks later Sanchez leaves."
Source: The Express
Jul 5 - 11:27 AM

Olivier Giroud said he will consider his future at the club if it looks like his playing time will diminish even more.

Giroud suffered a down season to in part to a series of injuries that never saw him return to full form, while Danny Welbeck's return also kept him out of the lineup. And reports have linked Arsenal with a move for Kylian Mbappe and RIyad Mahrez in the past week. While he said he is happy for the time being at Arsenal, Giroud said he would consider leaving if Arsene Wenger continues to snub him. "It is true that I have had limited playing time but it was for a certain amount of time, it is true there were things against me. I will not settle for another year with such little playing time. I will have to think carefully to consider it with my relatives and my advisers. It will be a decision that will be maturely thought about to have more playing time."
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 7 - 11:09 AM

Olivier Giroud opened and closed the scoring as Arsenal beat Stoke City 4-1 at the Britannia Stadium to push within a point of Liverpool for a top four spot.

Things started slowly for the Gunners but once Giroud got them going with a goal in the 42nd minute there were very few doubts about the outcome. Ten minutes after the halftime break Mesut Ozil's silky finish from an Alexis Sanchez through ball doubled the lead. Stoke City pulled a controversial goal back when Peter Crouch appeared to head a Marko Arnautovic cross home but actually used his hand to direct it past Petr Cech. The referee didn't see the hand ball and the goal stood. Stoke City poured on the pressure but an ailing Alexis Sanchez and then Olivier Giroud scored in the late going to end the contest.
May 13 - 2:31 PM

With Theo Walcott back with an FA Cup hat trick, Olivier Giroud's status as a starter is very much in question.

Olivier Giroud has been a fantastic change of pace late in matches for Arsenal for most of the season. Theo Walcott's injury saw the big Frenchman moved into the starting line-up with Alexis Sanchez reverting to a wide attacking position. With Walcott resuming his goal-scoring ways and Danny Welbeck also back Arsene Wenger's next move with his attacking group is very much up in the air. Giroud, who was very productive as a starter, could retain his spot or he could go back to the bench in favor of Walcott plus Welbeck/Iwobi/Oxlade-Chamberlain on the flanks with Alexis in the middle. Fantasy managers will have to exercise caution with Griroud after weeks of knowing he was going to start.
Jan 31 - 10:45 AM

With Theo Walcott still out injured, Olivier Giroud's ability to shake off a minor complaint to make himself available for the weekend.

It is likely that Arsene Wenger would like to return to having Olivier Giroud available off the bench as one of the best "Plan B" options in the Premier League. That won't really be possible until Theo Walcott, the only wide player who was regularly productive with Alexis playing centrally, returns to the line-up. The next best option for Wenger will be continuing to play Giroud through the middle with Alexis in a wide supporting role. Expect that alignment with one of Alex Iwobi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Danny Welbeck playing the other wide role opposite Sanchez.
Jan 19 - 10:26 AM

Arsenal made sure they kept in touch with league leaders Chelsea after a comfortable and well deservedly win at the Liberty Stadium, although the loss of Olivier Giroud to injury, did take the shine off.

The France star opened the scoring on 37 minutes, his fifth in as many games, before signalling to the bench because of a problem with his lower leg. Surprisingly, Giroud reappeared after the break, only to be withdrawn on the hour mark: "Olivier did well again and he was important for us," said Arsène Wenger. "He had an ankle injury after 30-35 minutes and got to 60 minutes." Struggling with his fitness post-Euro 2016, Giroud started his first Premier League game on December 26, and this setback will serve as a bitter blow for the 30-year-old. "I don't know how bad it is," the Arsenal manager went onto add. "He is being assessed by the doctor. But he's limping quite a lot. I hope it’s not too bad."
Jan 14 - 4:09 PM

Arsenal completed a miraculous comeback to get a 3-3 draw with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

Charlie Daniels opened the scoring, controlling a Stanislas ball before beating Bellerin and slotting past Cech at the near post. Bournemouth doubled their lead through Callum Wilson from the spot after Granit Xhaka clipped Ryan Fraser in the box. Arter had a goal disallowed before Ryan Fraser added the third. Bellerin was again at fault for that one, he was muscled off too easily. Sanchez delighted fantasy players getting Arsenal's first from a Giroud header. Lucas Perez then got his first PL goal, again Giroud flicked on but it was Perez's finish that will take the plaudits. Giroud headed in a dramatic equaliser after arching his body to meet Xhaka's cross and broke the Cherries' hearts. Six minutes of injury time served up a great save by Cech from Arter but no more goals.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 3 - 5:01 PM

Olivier Giroud scored an outrageous goal and Arsenal cruised to a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on New Year's Day.

The Gunners were dominant for nearly the entire match but it took a spectacular scorpion kick goal from Olivier Giroud to open the scoring. Alex Iwobi added a less artistic second and Arsenal started 2017 by moving into 3rd place behind Chelsea and Liverpool.
Jan 1 - 3:17 PM

Olivier Giroud thanked Arsene Wenger for the late Christmas present of his first start of the season by heading the winning goal for the Gunners against West Brom.

Arsenal's annual mid-season dip threatened to continue as the struggled to get the ball past Ben Foster in the West Brom goal. Arsenal had dominated proceedings, registering upwards of 80% of possession as they tried to pry open Tony Pulis' well marshalled defence. The highlight from Foster's point of view was a double saved from Iwobi first and then Sanchez on the rebound. However, Giroud scored a late looping header to rescue three points for Arsenal, who continue to sit 9 points behind league leaders Chelsea.
Source: BBC Sport
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 12:38:00 PM

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."
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 05:19:00 AM

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
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 06:24:00 AM