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The Offside Trap: It's time to praise Olivier Giroud

Thomas Rooney 29 Nov 2016
Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud gestures on the pitch

Olivier Giroud has been the subject of jokes ever since he arrived at Arsenal. He's been criticised left, right and centre for his ability. Well, do you know what? It's time for that to stop.


Has the Frenchman had his difficult moments since joining the Gunners? Definitely. He's had spells where things just won't fall for him and a few missed chances at crucial moments didn't do his reputation any good.

Let's look at the overall package though and admit many teams in the Premier League could do with Giroud leading their line. He'd score goals for every single side in this country and some top European clubs too.

Perhaps this wasn't the case a couple of years ago, but he's comfortable in his game now and is finding the back of the net on a consistent basis. He's a scorer of a variety of goals too. He can bang in one from distance, leap to win a header or scramble the ball home.

In the 2016-2017 season, Giroud has been starved for playing time through injury and Alexis Sanchez's new role as Arsenal's main striker. His attitude has remained top class though and when he's crossed that white line, he's sniffed out goals.


 Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates his sides second goal (Getty)

Grabbing an important equaliser against Manchester United earlier this month was his fifth of the campaign. He's also managed to score four goals in his team's last three away matches, with three of these coming from the bench.

He's now racked up 60 Premier League goals for Arsenal and been an integral part of their squad for a few years. He's had to come through some tough times too and defy his critics - we're looking at you Piers Morgan - to keep getting in the right places to score goals. 

The 30-year-old could easily have gone missing, asked for a move or really lost faith in his ability. Quite the opposite is the case and as a result he is scoring crucial goals for club and country. Both would be poorer without him.

It's not his fault that the support he's had up front for Arsenal has been limited over the years though and with Sanchez playing more centrally with Giroud seen as the alternative option - Arsene Wenger's men do look stronger.

Let's be honest though - how much money would the Gunners have to spend to bring in a striker that offers more goals than Giroud? He's not perfect, he'll have his bad days, but we are allowed to give him and his record some HUGE credit.

Allez Giroud!


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