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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 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

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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

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