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Olivier Giroud | Forward | #18

Team: Chelsea
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/30/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 201

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Didier Deschamps said Olivier Giroud "should be ready" for France’s Group C opener on June 16 after he was forced off because of injury on Saturday evening.
The Chelsea forward was involved in a sickening clash of heads with club team-mate Matt Miazga which left Giroud requiring stitches to close a six-centimetre wound. Medics spent five minutes attending to the 31-year-old before he was replaced by Ousmane Dembele as a precaution. But, as France prepared for their flight to Russia, Deschamps was quick to play down concerns of a serious injury: "Olivier Giroud has a beautiful cut, but he will be able to face Australia," he said. The French manager also confirmed that Paul Pogba is "very likely" to be in the starting XI despite his insipid performances of late. The Manchester United midfielder was jeered throughout the 3-1 friendly win over Italy last week and failed to inspire his side in the lacklustre 1-1 draw against USA. Jun 10 - 1:44 PM
Source: Sky Sports

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While everyone dropped points at the top of the table, Chelsea were able to get withing striking distance of a Champions League spot after a huge 1-0 win over Liverpool.

Not one goal was scored among the top four clubs this weekend, and Chelsea are suddenly very much in the hunt for a CL spot. They caught the Reds at the right time, as they failed to score in consecutive matches for the first time all season. After staving off an early push by the Reds, Chelsea would grab the long goal shortly after the half hour mark, when Victor Moses sent in a cross from the right that Olivier Giroud was able to head home. Eden Hazard put in a man of the match performance, acting as the focal point when Chelsea were on the ball, but the defense deserves the bulk of the credit, particularly Antonio Rudiger, who effectively shut down the hottest player on the planet in Salah.
Source: NBC Sports
May 6 - 7:59 PM

Olivier Giroud, who has had a knack for delivering off of the bench in recent seasons, did so again today in dramatic fashion, as his brace led Chelsea from two down to a 2-3 win at Southampton.

Southampton were in control with twenty minutes left to play, but the Blues struck three times in an eight minute span to grab the win. In the first half, both sides had their chances but the Saints would take the lead and Chelsea were lucky to have Marcos Alonso escape what looked like a foul worthy of a straight red. Despite the Saints doubling the lead on the hour mark, Giroud's presence turned the game quickly. First, he headed home a ball from Alonso on 70 minutes. Five minutes later, Eden Hazard struck from close range after a low cross from Willian. Moments later, the turnaround was complete as Giroud put away a failed clearance. The defense continues to struggle but Chelsea showed today that their attack is capable of exploding at any moment.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 14 - 9:35 AM

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of France international striker Olivier Giroud from Arsenal.

Giroud’s move concludes a merry-go-round of transfers that involved Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang moving to Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea’s out-of-favor striker Michy Batshuayi joining Dortmund as his replacement on loan. The 31-year-old joins Chelsea on an 18-month deal for a reported transfer fee in the region of £17m. A physical forward known for his ability in the air and finishing around the penalty area, Giroud leaves the Emirates after scoring 105 goals in 253 appearances for the Arsenal. Given Giroud's skill-set and rather efficient ratio of scoring goals, the capture of the Frenchman concludes Chelsea's search for a proven backup striker. Alvaro Morata remains Antonio Conte's first-choice but Giroud should see more playing time than former backup Batshuayi.
Jan 31 - 1:12 PM

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Dortmund forward Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang with Olivier

Things are changing quickly at Arsenal with Alexis, Walcott, Giroud, and Oxlade-Chamberlain all gone from the forward group at the end of last season. In their places now stand Bundesliga star Aubameyang and the so-far-disappointing Alexandre Lacazette. The Gunners are definitely better at forward than they were yesterday but they seem to be troublingly thin and even more so if Lacazette can't turn things around.
Jan 31 - 6:33 AM

Arsenal have completed the signing of Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a club record fee.

Arsenal's official statement states that he has signed a "long-term" deal. The transfer reportedly set the London club back £56 million ($79 million). "Auba" scored 98 Bundesliga goals in 144 league appearances for the German giants, making him one of the leading strikers in Europe in recent years. He beat Robert Lewandowski to the league's Golden Boot last season. The deal was finally concluded after Dortmund signed a replacement striker in Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi who has gone on loan until the end of the season. The transfer may pave the way for Olivier Giroud to leave the Emirates for cross-city rivals Chelsea.
Jan 31 - 6:30 AM

With rumors swirling that Olivier Giroud could be leaving Arsenal before the week his up, the trip to the Liberty Stadium could be his, err, Swan song for the club.

The rumor mill has Olivier Giroud going somewhere for the dual purposes of making the finances of the Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang deal work and boosting the France international's World Cup chances. The rumors have featured Giroud heading to Dortmund as a direct replacement for PEA or heading across London to Chelsea with Michy Batshuayi heading to Dortmund. If it is his final appearance for the Gunners, Giroud has been a good player who provided the occasional spectacular moment while never quite being the consistent force that would have seen him considered in the top tier of forwards in the Premier League.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 30 - 9:39 AM

Olivier Giroud has been ruled out of the Premier League clash with Liverpool after picking up an injury during the Carabao Cup win over West Ham United.

The Arsenal striker was replaced on 78 minutes due to an apparent muscular problem which was confirmed post-match by manager Arsène Wenger. "It doesn’t look very good," he said. "It looks like [he could be out over the festive period]. We have to wait. Nowadays you do the scan 48 hours after the injury. That will happen on Thursday, then we’ll have a precise kind of grade on what his hamstring is. When you listen to him, the pain is quite big, but the grade is not always linked with the intensity of the pain." While the stuttering Alexandre Lacazette is expected to lead the line on Friday, Danny Welbeck done his chances no harm with the only goal of the quarter-final to send the Gunners through against their London-rivals.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 11:09:00 AM

Olivier Giroud scored in the 88th minute as a substitute to allow Arsenal to salvage a draw on the south coast.

It was another slow start, including an 3rd minute Charlie Austin goal, followed by long stretches of sterile domination. With Arsenal dominating possession it was a match crying out for Giroud's aerial presence. The France international delivered late and the Gunners at least claimed a point away at Southampton.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 09:06:00 AM

With Alexandre Lacazette out injured, Arsene Wenger will have to choose between Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck to lead the line on Saturday against the Red Devils.

On the back of Giroud's brace in mid-week, this may seem like an obvious decision but it is worth remembering the extent to which Wenger has played Welbeck when healthy this season. The sometime England man had moved into the starting line-up earlier in the season and Arsenal played well when he was present, especially when they were trying to press. The two players offer entirely different options and it wouldn't be a shock to see the Gunners concede possession to United and attempt to use Welbeck's speed on Saturday rather than expecting to own possession and use it to pepper crosses into Giroud in the box. If you have to make a choice, I'd go with Welbeck over Giroud but I wouldn't be extremely confident in either choice.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 11:56:00 AM

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.
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 08:32:00 PM

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
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 09:16:00 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.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 02:56:00 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.
Fri, Aug 11, 2017 04:46:00 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
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 11:27:00 AM