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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 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. Dec 21 - 1:07 PM

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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.
Dec 17 - 1:41 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.
Dec 4 - 2:31 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.
Nov 22 - 2:36 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.
Nov 20 - 11:22 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
Sep 30 - 9:50 AM

A second scan and further specialist assessments have revealed that Olivier Giroud’s injury is far worse than first feared.

The French striker was "hopeful" post-match on Saturday of making Arsenal’s squad to face Besiktas in this week’s Champions League qualifier but the latest news serves as a huge blow to both the player and the club. Additional tests exposed a hairline fracture of the ankle and the player is now expected to miss the remainder of 2014. With Lukas Podolski and Alexis Sanchez still working on their fitness post-World Cup and Yaya Sanogo dealing with his own injury issues Arsene Wenger must decide whether Joel Campbell is the man to fill the void during this interim period. The summer transfer window will close at 11pm GMT on 1st September 2014.
Source: Mirror
Aug 27 - 8:41 AM

Arsenal will wait on pins and needles for confirmation of the extent of Olivier Giroud's foot injury.

The fear among Arsenal management is that the French international could be out for as much as three months with a broken bone. The forward's integral to Arsenal's comeback Saturday but an extended spell without their only top tier forward would be too high a price to pay for a road point. Wenger would be forced back into the transfer market for a forward in addition to a holding midfielder and reserve center back.
Aug 25 - 8:32 PM

Following Saturday’s dramatic late rally against Everton Arsene Wenger confirmed striker Olivier Giroud is a doubt for this week’s Champions League qualifying game with Besiktas because of injury.

Introduced as a half-time substitute replacing the lacklustre Alexis Sanchez the Frenchman was quickly into his stride and almost announced his arrival with a goal within a minute of the restart. Giroud was a constant thorn in the Toffees backline and his fine 45 minute cameo was justly rewarded with a stoppage time equaliser as he out muscled Sylvain Distain to nod home an inch perfect Nacho Monreal cross. However moments before the final whistle the Arsenal forward stretched for a ball rolling his ankle; Arsene Wenger admitted post-match the early prognosis was not good although during an interview for French TV Giroud did remain hopeful that the damage was not significant. Yaya Sanogo could return to fill the void after his recent recovery from a hamstring injury.
Source: talkSPORT
Aug 25 - 8:24 AM

Olivier Giroud scored a beautiful long range goal not too long after coming on as a second half substitute in Arsenal's 3-0 win over Manchester City in the Community Shield.

The Frenchman, reportedly not up to his best at last weekend's Emirates Cup, has been given a reduced workload leading up to the regular season opener in hopes he will be fully recovered from France's World Cup run. It seems likely he will be ready for the start of the season next Saturday and his beauty of a goal will have his confidence high headed in to that match.
Aug 10 - 1:02 PM

France Starting XI: Lloris (c), Debuchy, Evra, Varane, Cabaye, Valbuena, Giroud, Benzema, Matuidi, Pogba, Koscielny.

Huge Lloris captains the French side in their first knockout match of this year's World Cup. France is using a Premier League heavy lineup after Laurent Koscielny has earned a place in the starting XI. Three of the four defenders come from the Premier League while Hugo Lloris and Olivier Giroud join them.

France made a considerable statement as to the abundance of attacking weapons they have at their disposal as five different players found the net to pummel Switzerland in a 2-5 final.

France's attacking display can only be matched by what the Dutch did to Spain last week, as they seemed to spend the first 3/4ths of the game in or around the Swiss net and making their goals look easy. Giroud did his damage in the first half with a goal and an assist. Moussa Sissoko scored their final goal. There were contributions from everywhere. A five goal cushion may have led to toning down their defensive intensity as they allowed two late scores, but as long as they learn not to do that going forward, they are looking as dangerous as anyone in this tournament right now.
Jun 20 - 5:00 PM

France XI: Lloris (c), Debuchy, Evra, Varane, Sakho, Cabaye, Valbuena, Giroud, Benzema, Matuidi, Sissoko

The big change here is the inclusion of Arsenal's Giroud to starting lineup along with Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko, at the expense of youngsters Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba.
Jun 20 - 2:08 PM

Arsenal have been linked to former City and current AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli multiple times over the past 12 months and those rumors have resurfaced again over the weekend.

The Daily Mirror are reporting that Arsenal "the favorites" to land the volatile Italian forward who is said to be surplus to requirements in Milan. Arsene Wenger is said to be an admirer of Balotelli's and the fact that the forward endorses Puma equipment and Arsenal have just signed a lucrative new Puma deal that starts this season have fueled the rumors. Exactly how Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, Loic Remy (rumored to be close to signing) and Balotelli would all fit together is unclear.
Jun 2 - 9:50 AM

With a perceived gap at the forward position Arsenal have reportedly revived conversations with Real Madrid over bringing Alvaro Morata or Karim Benzema to the Emirates.

Olivier Giroud is in negotiations to extend his contract at Arsenal beyond it's current 2016 expiration date at the same time as the club is rumored to be searching for a player to compliment him and/or replace him in the first choice squad. There is mention of a potential stumbling block over a buy-back clause for Morata while Benzema's availability is likely dependent on Real's ability to attract an upgrade like Luis Suarez or Sergio Aguero.
May 29 - 11:16 AM