Player Review: Olivier Giroud

Arsenal’s new French born striker is known for his size, physical style of play and heading ability. Giroud made his name during his two year spell at Montepiller, between 2020 and 2012, netting 33 goals in 71 appearances. previously, Giroud plied his trade at Grenoble and Tours respectively.

In 2011/12, Giroud led Montepiller to the Ligue 1 Championship, getting himself into the Ligue 1 Team of The Year in the process. He scored 21 goals in 36 league appearances for the French champions, making him the league’s joint top goalscorer. Not bad.

25 years old and standing at 6″4, Olivier Giroud has superb ability in the air, but is also a great left footed finisher. Despite his recent rise to glory, Giroud is relatively young, and doesn’t posses a huge amount of experience in terms of Champions League Football, or indeed top flight divisions in general. However, his performances last season are promising for Arsenal fans.

He arrived at Arsenal on June 1st 2012, just after the Euro 2012 tournament, where he represented France, after breaking into the national side during a November 2011 game versus Belgium. With rumours of Robin Van Persie leaving the club, Arsenal were looking for a striker to ease the pain.

Arsene Wenger had this to say:

“I bought him because he’s a real centre forward and he is an intelligent player,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

 

“He is a player who developed late and I feel he can integrate in the way we play football and add something to the way we play because he is good in the air.

 

“He has a good, strong body and I feel he has qualities that are needed in our squad. Hopefully he can show that.”

Here’s a look at the French striker’s goal portfolio so far:

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Can Olivier Giroud propel Arsenal to success, as he did at Montepiller? Or do you have doubts about his ability & level of experience? Share your views by leaving a comment below, or joining us over at the forum.

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