Arsenal: Olivier Giroud- Hit or Miss?

Arsenal have amassed 5 points in their 3 league games this season, with draws against Stoke and Sunderland and a victory versus Liverpool at Anfield.

When the quality in their team has shone through, it has done so predominantly through two new signings to the Emirates Stadium, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla. But these are only two players in the trio of summer signings made by Arsène Wenger. The missing man? Olivier Giroud.

Olivier Giroud comes to Arsenal on the back of former captain Robin Van Persie’s exit to rivals Manchester United. 2011-2012 was undoubtedly the best season in the Dutchman’s career, accumulating a total of 37 goals for Arsenal, propelling them to a 3rd place finish in the Premier League.

With a sense of frustration surrounding Arsenal fans regarding Van Persie’s departure – to one of their fiercest rivals no less; the Arsenal faithful are turning to Olivier Giroud to fill the huge void left by the departure of the high flying Dutchman. But the question on the lips of every Arsenal fan is: Is Giroud capable of that?

With each game, it seems that an increasing number of Arsenal fans believe that the answer to the aforementioned question is ‘no’. Over the past few years, Arsenal fans have seen their best players leave the club only to be replaced by players of less quality or, indeed, not to be replaced at all.

As a result of this, Arsenal fans are, understandably, worried that the same may be said for Giroud.

Having spurned a game-winning chance at the death on opening day versus Sunderland, and missing two great chances in the club’s victory against Liverpool; Arsenal fans are clearly worried that the big Frenchman may become ‘just another Chamakh’.

Admittedly, early signs do suggest that Giroud may not possess the goalscoring prowess of his predecessor. Sickened Arsenal fans have had to endure Van Persie’s emphatic start to his career as a Manchester United player, scoring 4 goals in his last 2 games.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom with regards to Giroud. The Frenchman scored a total of 25 goals in all competitions for former club Montpellier HSC last season, helping them to lift the French Ligue 1 for the first time in the history of the club.

Furthermore, Olivier Giroud has received a stamp of approval from Arsenal great Robert Pires, stating; “I have seen Giroud playing in France and he has the qualities you need in England. He is strong and he has good touch. He can be like Van Persie in my opinion.”

Even since moving to Arsenal, Giroud has shown the potential to be a quality striker through the use of intelligent movement which allows him to get beyond defenders and create goalscoring chances.

Another major positive for Arsenal is that the tall Frenchman offers them an aerial threat in their attacking unit which the club has not possessed in many years. Perhaps Giroud, a fully fledged French international, just needs time to adapt to the Premier League.

Regardless, Giroud’s search for his first Arsenal goal continues this Saturday at home to Southampton. Many optimistic Arsenal fans have noted that club legends Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp and the great Thierry Henry were all players who scored their first league goal for Arsenal versus Saturday’s opponents.

There is no guaranteeing that a goal in Saturday’s game would be a sign that Giroud will go on to be an Arsenal legend, however, it would most certainly do the confidence of the player, the manager and the fans a lot of good.

Arsenal fans know that, if they are to end their trophy drought this season, they will need the Frenchman to come up big for the club.

There is no two ways about it; the player must re-emulate the form shown last season for Montpellier soon if Arsenal is to mount a serious title challenge this season.

Whether or not Giroud will be the answer to the prayers of Arsenal fans worldwide remains to be seen but one thing is for certain; this season will be an emotional rollercoaster for the club and its fans.

Hey, like we’d have it any other way, folks.


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  1. tom in spain

    September 9, 2012 at 22:15

    give the guy a break. it took Henry 6 games to score. were you on his back after 3?

  2. Seg

    September 9, 2012 at 22:20

    Load of rubbish. How many games has he played? You couldn’t wait till the end of the season? You’re suffering from the lack of drama on the club front, aren’t you?

  3. Richard Morgan

    September 9, 2012 at 22:23

    I think Giroud should be given time to settle. The chances he has had are few the sunderland one probably the best, the liverpool one was one behind him a little but his movement has been excellent and this I believe shows that he will be a success. The cologne game he had a hat full of chances but for a successful keeping display he would have opened his account. The trio of Poldolski, cazorla and Giroud will score goals this season.

    • Mimo

      September 10, 2012 at 22:10

      I think for the moment Chamakh is better than Giroud dont believe giroud will score this week end
      Maybe in one month
      Giroud will be a waste for arsenal

  4. Apostolos Dimoudis

    September 9, 2012 at 22:52

    Give him time, he’ll come good eventually. His movement on the pitch, shows he has what it takes. Only thing that’s missing is a goal

  5. shooy

    September 9, 2012 at 23:24

    What the hell are you on about? He’s played just three competitive games and looks an intelligent player with lots of good movemnet and touches. Get a grip ffs!

  6. Gazza

    September 9, 2012 at 23:59

    I’m a huge fan of Giroud by the way.. I was asked to write an article underlining the criticism that is coming his way. I have no doubts that he will come good for the club.

  7. Zwe

    September 10, 2012 at 00:01

    Give him a little time. I think he’ll excellent player soon. All three signing have wonderful skills.

  8. Niall Quinn

    September 10, 2012 at 00:05

    The commenters above clearly didn’t read the second half of the article which talks about the positives of Giroud. This article is really well balanced and shows both sides of the story

    • Jacobs

      September 10, 2012 at 06:20

      The comment is not well balanced. Though there are some elements of good comments on Giroud but it rode behind Pires’ comment. Let us give him some time. but he need to be more forceful because that is what premier league is all about.

      Would we prefer he score early goals and stop scoring like Charmak? Even Charmak is good if constantly used. Giroud create space for Podoski to penetrate – he drag players away for others to penetrate. so he is a good player

  9. Abdul Kabbar

    September 10, 2012 at 00:18

    Brutally honest article from Giroud’s performances SO FAR this season. I don’t know what the negative posters are talking about, the author clearly states that Giroud has intelligent movement and nice touches. Giroud will be a quality player for Arsenal this season, I can feel it.

  10. News Phiri

    September 10, 2012 at 00:20

    Bergkamp, Henry,& V. Parsie all worked under Wenger for a while before they became admired world class stars. Giroud requires a similar chance, give him time. I think he has all the attributes of a great striker.

  11. Klaus

    September 10, 2012 at 00:23

    Worth mentioning is the fact that without his movement the Podolski goal vs Liverpool simply wouldn’t have happened, he drew the attention of a defender (Skyrtell I think it was) knowing he probably wasn’t going to be given the chance himself but provided the space for the goal to happen and hes made plenty of very intelligent runs like that. RVP, and indeed no player ever has or will score every good chance. The only chance you could argue was one that really should have been scored was against Sunderland, but it’s by no means the worst miss we will see this season. Give him 10 games, then judge. The quality he provides in knocking down long balls to teammates is an asset we havent had in a long time, an asset I think that has had a big impact on us keeping 3 clean sheets as we can clear the ball to him and not play it out on the ground. His contribution already oozes class. He will get goals!

  12. Scott

    September 10, 2012 at 02:54

    Funny that,tough we keep selling our best players and bringing in inferior guys,we still manage to finish top 4 and we also keep finding inferior plays to sell for big money!
    It pisses me off when people claiming to know football suggest we are worse off with Song and RVP being replaced by those “inferior” players such as Podolski and Cazorla…..these two in particular are obviously crap lol!!
    People with keyboards can be dangerous when they begin believing they know more than Wenger!
    Ordinary post…..Giroud has been here 5 minutes and has already looked very dangerous.

  13. Roland C Rozario

    September 10, 2012 at 04:16

    Giroud’s movements and positionals are good and I am certain Giroud will come good this weekend against Southampton.

  14. MyLeftFoot

    September 10, 2012 at 06:31

    And so it begins. Is it any wonder why some of our new players withdraw into their shells when they have to read this kind of rubbish written by ignorant people who don’t really understand anything about football.
    Listen Giroud will find his scoring touch once he get used to how the team plays and in return the team plays to his strengths. I’ve like what I’ve seen from the big guy in the opening three games. Granted he missed a couple of good chances but hey, his movement and intelligence on the ball will see him score a shed load of goals in the next few seasons. So let’s back off and give the guy a chance and stop slagging him off already.

  15. shooy

    September 10, 2012 at 07:51

    @ Niall Quinn and Abdul Kabbar – what this commentator and negative poster is talking about is the absolute nonsense of asking questions about Giroud, ie “Hit or Miss?”, after only three competitive matches. The article might well be “balanced”, but it is entirely unnecessary and inappropriate as not nearly enough time has passed for any justifiable attempt at brutal honesty.

  16. Duc

    September 10, 2012 at 15:34

    Whether it comes back to haunt me or validate me – Giroud, single figures in the PL season 12-13. There.

  17. Babatunde saint

    September 10, 2012 at 16:41

    If only you people know the qualities of a great player, u will see all dos things in giroud. Mind, I want u all to notice that he has a great movement even while off ball… His movement around d pitch gave podolski the chance to score his first goal.. He is going to do it just great and fine more than Rvp… Just watch out for this guy