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Olivier Giroud | Forward

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/30/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 194

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Olivier Giroud announced his return to the starting line-up with two goals and an assist in Arsenal's 4-1 win over Sunderland at the Emirates.
On the day Dennis Bergkamp's statue was unveiled outside of the Arsenal stadium, the current team decided to turn on some of the Dutch master's style. Olivier Giroud scored the opener after a 19 pass move that culminated in Jack Wilshere cutting the ball across the box for the Frenchman to slot home. Giroud and Arsenal's second was a pure poacher's goal with the forward intercepting a back pass intended for former teammate Vito Mannone and rolling it home. The third goal will have been Bergkamp's favorite as a beautiful passing sequence ended in a chip from Tomas Rosicky. All in all it was a great day for the Gunners after a difficult mid-week defeat to Bayern Munich. Feb 22 - 12:42 PM

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Olivier Giroud was consistently a fraction off when given an opportunity which left Arsenal to a frustrating nil-nil draw with Manchester United.

Arsenal's attack has been struggling mightily in the absence of Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott and Wednesday was no different as the also struggling Red Devils held them goalless at the Emirates. Olivier Giroud had two good chances - one on an early header and another on a late cross from Bacary Sagna. The header was directed well wide while he couldn't get enough contact on the cross to put it home. The breaks that were seemingly going the Frenchman's strong start to the season are going the other way now and Arsenal are suffering as a result.
Feb 12 - 4:50 PM

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud has had an enforced rest between an ankle issue and illness but appears likely to be ready to return to league action for Week 21.

The French forward has seen his form dip over the holiday period and though no one at Arsenal is likely to say it, his combination of illness and an ankle injury that saw him miss the Cardiff City match on New Years Day is likely a blessing in disguise. He is listed as a doubt for the FA Cup match against Tottenham and Arsene Wenger would be wise to keep him out and give him a mini Winter Break until January 11th to get back to his best.
Jan 3 - 11:51 AM

Olivier Giroud has been ruled out for Arsenal's match against Cardiff City tomorrow with an ankle injury.

The ankle injury is very minor and Giroud shouldn't miss much time past tomorrow. Lukas Podolski, Nicklas Bendtner, or a combination of both are going to come in for Giroud in a very favorable matchup against Cardiff City. Kieran Gibbs has also been ruled out.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 02:33:00 PM

Olivier Giroud's header earned a scrappy win over Newcastle as Arsenal overtook Manchester City to regain top spot in the Premier League.

It wasn't a vintage display from the Gunners, but this is the sort of victory that title challengers must be made of. Arsene Wenger's side missed the creativity of Aaron Ramsey (injured) and Mesut Ozil (rested) but Oliver Giroud's flicked header from Theo Walcott's straight free kick proved enough. Moussa Sissoko and Hatem Ben Arfa both missed good chances for Newcastle and Mathieu Debuchy headed against the bar. Arsenal end 2013 at the top of the Premier League.
Source: BBC Sport
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 10:51:00 AM

Scouts from Arsenal traveled to Spain this week to continue monitoring Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa with hopes of snatching him up come January.

The 25-year old Brazilian has been one of the most dominant strikers in the world this year, netting 22 goals through 21 games in all competitions, including 17 goals in 16 La Liga games - tying him with Cristiano Ronaldo. Costa recently signed a contract extension securing his stay at Atletico until August 2018, but a buy-out clause of €38 million is believed to have been inserted into the new deal. This would be a high price for anyone to pay during the transfer window, but Arsenal have the resources to do it. With Costa on their side for the remainder of the season, the Gunners would have to rely less on F Olivier Giroud to compete for a Premier League title in 2013.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 09:40:00 AM

Olivier Giroud scored an unusual brace to give Arsenal a 2-0 win over Southampton on Saturday.

The match was delayed 15 minutes due to transportation delays in London but when it eventually ended Arsenal had extended it's lead atop the Premier League with a 2-0 win. Arsenal's first goal came courtesy of Artur Boruc who was indecisive with the ball in his area and allowed Giroud to close him down, dispossess him, and score. Arsenal's late second came courtesy of a Jose Fonte penalty on Per Mertesacker converted by Giroud. Earlier in the match, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere both his the woodwork. As for Boruc, it was his second bizarre high profile blunder in recent weeks following his allowing a length-of-the-pitch goal to Asmir Begovic that cost the Saints two points in the standings.
Sat, Nov 23, 2013 12:28:00 PM

Laurent Koscielny has told The Sun that Olivier Giroud is "feeling a bit of fatigue" as Arsenal's only striking option.

Arsenal will have to buy a striker this upcoming transfer window as they can't continue to play Giroud this much, and Niklas Bendtner has proven that he isn't up to the requisite standard. Perhaps Theo Walcott could play through the middle at times, but he's quite a different player than the Frenchman.
Source: The Sun
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 04:53:00 PM

With goals from Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud, Arsenal continue to pace the top of the table with a 0-2 win over Crystal Palace.

This match was always going to be Arsenal's but Crystal Palace fought the Gunners admirably for the first 45 minutes. Shortly after action resumed however, a boneheaded challenge by Palace's Adlene Guerdiora led to a penalty converted by Arteta. Late on, Arsenal would seal the points with Aaron Ramsey linking up with Giroud who headed home for his 8th goal of the season. Along with Mesut Ozil, these are three Gunners who are hard not to own right now.
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 09:55:00 AM

Robert Lewandowski's late winner for Borussia Dortmund at Emirates Stadium ended Arsenal's flawless start to their Champions League campaign and threw Group F wide open.

Arsenal fell behind early on before Olivier Giroud levelled the game up with his seventh goal of the season just before half time. The Gunners were very good for long spells of the game but did appear to miss Mathieu Flamini in midfielder, and were caught out with a sucker-punch late in the match as it ended 2-1 to Dortmund. The result was the club's first defeat for thirteen matches in all competitions so there's certainly no need to panic, and one would expect Crystal Palace to receive a bit of a backlash in the Premier League this weekend.
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 04:59:00 AM

Olivier Giroud went goalless for the fourth Premier League match in a row but added his second and third assists during that stretch and his fourth assist overall.

The criticism of Olivier Giroud coming into this season was that he didn't score enough and if he wasn't scoring, he didn't add much to the Arsenal attack. Last season, that criticism might have been merited but the Frenchman started out the season scoring four goal in his first four matches in the Premier League. Since then, the goals have dried up but he has added creating chances to strong hold-up play when considering his overall contribution. His passing work with Jack Wilshere on Arsenal's work was sublime and his cross for Mesut Ozil's first ever headed goal was another fine piece of work. Giroud is tied for fifth in the early-season goal-scoring charts but, perhaps more impressive, he tops the assist charts.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 10:29:00 AM

Olivier Giroud was the subject of injury concerns after Arsenal's win over Sunderland but he started and played the full 90 against Marseille.

Olivier Giroud's name is no longer on the "injury risk" list as he started for Arsenal against Marseille on Wednesday and played the full match. Giroud didn't score against the French side but after four goals in four matches in the Premier League he has to be high on your list of potential starters in Week 5 against Stoke at the Emirates on Sunday. With Manchester United and Manchester City's forwards locked in a battle against each other Giroud is that much more attractive an option now that he's proven himself fit.
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 05:12:00 PM

Olivier Giroud had a goal and an assist as he continued his hot start to the season in another Arsenal win.

Olivier Giroud has now scored four Premier League goals in four matches. Mesut Ozil put Giroud in and the Frenchman made no mistake for Arsenal's opener. Giroud was quiet for a long stretch but as the match came closer to the end he provided the assist for Aaron Ramsey's second goal. Giroud took a clever pass from Mesut Ozil and put Ramsey in and the Wales captain opened up his body and put the ball across the front of the keeper and into the net.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 12:11:00 PM

Arsenal continued their fine home record against Tottenham by handing their North London rivals a first defeat of the season.

Olivier Giroud's fine start to the season continued as he grabbed the only goal of a tight game. Arsenal defended well throughout and Wojciech Szczesny made a sensational save from Jermain Defoe's deflected effort as Spurs upped the pressure in the second half, but they failed to really create enough chances. This isn't a season defining result, but it sure helps take the pressure off Arsene Wenger as Arsenal move above their North London rivals.
Source: BBC Sport
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 03:35:00 PM

Olivier Giroud scored the Gunners opening goal in a 3-1 win at Fulham.

It was a slick piece of footwork displayed by Giroud during what at the time was a torrential downpour at Craven Cottage. It took great skill to control the ball as it entered the box from an Aaron Ramsey shot, but Giroud kept his balance and slotted it home. Counting Arsenal's midweek Champion's League qualifier against Fenerbahce, Giroud has scored a goal in each of his last 3 games. He also averaged nearly a goal a game in preseason. How long the Frenchman can keep up the pace and be trusted as a regular goal scorer has yet to be determined, but there is no denying he is in top form right now.
Sat, Aug 24, 2013 10:23:00 AM