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Olivier Giroud is Having a Solid Season For Arsenal Despite the Naysayers

It’s no secret Olivier Giroud has had anything but a warm reception this season at Arsenal.

After his summer move from Montpellier where he led the French side to a league title and a Champions League spot while finishing the league the top scorer, many considered his relatively low transfer fee to be a steal for Arsenal. Giroud started off slowly, not scoring his first goal in an Arsenal shirt until the end of September and not scoring his first league goal until October. For a player that was supposed to fill the void of Robin van Persie, he wasn’t doing a great job.

But Giroud eventually hit his stride, scoring more, showing better chemistry with his teammates, and just looking more comfortable in the league. But yet there were still questions about him, and rightfully so. Many questioned his finishing ability, although having notched 16 goals in an Arsenal shirt so far this season he had missed more chances than many would have liked to see. But still, Giroud was producing, more-so than another big name signing, Lukas Podolski. Still, it seems Podolski is more of a fan favorite than Giroud, who is an easy target to pick on for not scoring more goals this season because of how prolific he was last season at Montpellier.

Giroud himself pointed out a great fact — he is producing better than Robin van Persie did in his first season with Arsenal.

Giroud seems to fall in and out of favor with Arsenal fans week in and week out, but personally I like the modelesque Frenchman. I think he provides a great goalscoring option when he is fed the ball in areas he excels at scoring in such as in the air or in the box. If you give Giroud the ball outside the box and try to let him produce a goal, he will struggle. But give him a chance to put it in on a one time strike then you have a great chance of scoring.

Giroud hasn’t flopped this season, but he hasn’t sparkled. He is having a solid season, but maybe the high expectations surrounding his arrival because of last season still haven’t worn off. For France, that’s a different question, as he is relegated to the bench in favor of — he who can’t seem to score for his country — Karim Benzema.

Giroud however is a great piece for Arsenal, and will continue to be for future seasons. His finishing needs some work, but for what Arsenal needed, a scorer who will put in double digit goals, he was the right guy for the team. Was his play style the best fit for the teams ball domination play style? Probably not. But he has figured out how to play that style and he is thriving in it. There’s still a chance for him to reach the 20 goal mark on the season, will we still be skeptical of him then?

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  1. Shan

    April 8, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Ofcourse theres going to be high expectations of him early on as he really ignited Montpellier last year.I think he has everything it takes to do very well in the future with the Gunners as his hold-up play is something statistics don’t show.He also has ten assists to his names so he has been involved in 26 goals. I do agree though that he is susceptible to taking potshots every once in awhile and his long distance finishing needs to improve. It will

  2. ArseneIsYourDaddy

    April 6, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    dadagbon are you a professor of nonsense ?

    Giroud ran the length of the field to score off the Gervinho pass in the game against Reading. He was in our box when he started that run. Lazy? are you on too much yam wine?

  3. gc

    April 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Good center forward holds the ball up and chases down more than most these people want messe for peanuts

  4. dadagbon

    April 6, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Sorry! But Giroud is just not good enough based on what I have seen since arriving at the club. He lacks ball control, he lacks finishing and also very sluggish and lazy for such a big man. In my books, very disappointingsigning by Wenger. Give him more time? I don’t think so.

    • Jerky

      April 6, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Sorry but you say lazy? He runs around the pitch and after balls just as much as say Ramsey or Wilshere.
      He has got progressively better at his finishing but that is because he has spent this season adjusting to a new playing style. He’s also a massive plus in defensive a well. The amount of times I’ve seen him run back for cover and clears on corners and free kicks, especially compared to RVP and Podolski.

  5. kevin

    April 6, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    the judgement has to wait untill december for me. I have 2 reasons for this.
    1) Under wenger the role of a traditional No9 is like a death sentence for most. Our play just doesnt suit it. for a number 9 to succeed the ball needs putting in the box quicker and with far more accuracy. something we don’t/cant do.
    2) RVP, not his goals in ligue1 is the reason some have taken a dislike too him……tough act to follow!
    i do feel however that he will go into next season with a point to prove and experience under his belt.

  6. raok

    April 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    good article. I agree that giroud is no way a flop but what bothers arsenal fans is his inability to convert easy chances. imo he will get better next season.

    • mark williamson

      April 7, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      I am absolutely sure of that. I am a huge fan of his and know he has the capabilities once he settles down.

  7. Jeremy

    April 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Here’s the thing… His numbers are very deceptive.

    I’ve rarely seen a striker make so many stupid mistakes.

    To understand the problems with Giroud, you would have to watch every minute of every game, like most of us do.

    He’s also lying about being more productive than RvP in their first years, respectively. RvP played wide his first year, and was a sub. He’s also played well over twice as many minutes as RvP, and will make far more appearances.

    • Mogos

      April 6, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      He has played more games because he is better than rvp was in his first season!

    • Mogos

      April 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Besides, he is not lying but telling his understanding of the situation! You seem to have a bad choice of words.

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