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Profit Players: Olivier Giroud

Profit Players: Olivier Giroud

During his time at Arsenal, Olivier Giroud was not always appreciated by the Emirates faithful. 

Not the greatest of finishers, the Frenchman often frustrated supporters, failing to become that 20-goal striker in the Premier League.

Still, his record in English football’s top flight remains a good one. In his five full seasons at the Emirates, Giroud reached double figures on every occasion.

Elsewhere, in cup competitions to be more precise, the 32-year-old also managed to find the back of the net at a respectable rate.

With all of that in mind, at the £10.80m (Transfermarkt) Arsenal paid Montpellier back in 2012 for the France international, Arsene Wenger truly got a bargain.

For that, the former Arsenal boss got over 100 goals from someone who was not always a regular starter and a very well-rounded centre-forward overall.

Looking at his game, the only thing that Giroud is really missing is pace. While his finishing can be suspect, in the box, he can be deadly with his quick and improvised shots.

Meanwhile, out of it, he holds up the ball so well before linking up perfectly with a team-mate.

At Chelsea, the ex-Arsenal man has struck up an excellent relationship on the pitch with Eden Hazard, combining with the Belgian to devastating effect whenever they play together.

“He’s a targetman, maybe the best in the world. I think so. When he gets the ball, he can hold it and we can go with him,” Hazard told Sky Sports earlier in the season when the two starred in a 5-1 win over Cardiff City.

That type of appreciation is probably something Giroud will feel he deserves more of be it when he is playing for his club or country.

At Arsenal and Chelsea and for France, the former Montpellier man has more often than not delivered, even if goal records suggest otherwise.

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