Currently trailing Arsenal’s top scorer ‘own goal’ for the season by one strike, our Gooners drinking inside the Football Transfer Tavern are wondering whether any striker in the Premier League splits opinions as much as their very own Olivier Giroud does.
Branded a donkey one week only for fickle fans to be licking their lips at a sumptuous strike from the Frenchman the next, Giroud appears to be one of those players who is criminally underrated, yet still does have some deficiencies in his game of course.
Often branded not clinical enough to fire Arsenal to a sought-after Premier League title triumph, those opinions are all good and well but if the truth be told, Gunners fans will be hoping he can stay fit for the entire season.
With Danny Welbeck ruled out until Christmas and Theo Walcott not having really inspired anybody that he’s a true centre forward during his run outs in that position, Giroud is the club’s only real out-and-out forward so neutrals believe Gooners should be getting behind the Frenchman.
Now in his fourth season at Emirates Stadium, Giroud has proved a good acquisition with a current Premier League strike rate of 42 goals in 101 appearances and this is hardly horrific for somebody who is 6 ft 4 in, yet is also rather neat with the ball on the ground to boot.
While it is obvious that Giroud needed assistance in the past transfer window with the arrival of a top class centre forward to compete with, he’ll have to carry the striking torch alone and to be honest, for every big chance that he misses, he has usually got back on the goalscoring trail soon after in fairness.
The former Montpellier man will continue to divide opinions in North London but for the time being, we’ve devised five facts about the striker that you might not know already.
Click on the image below to reveal the 5 things you didn’t know about Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.