Posted on May 31, 2016 by ADMIN

Does Giroud deserve all the abuse? (Video of last night’s goal from Olly)

Giroud manages to ignore jeers to score for France by DN

As Arsenal fans we are all aware of Olivier Giroud’s weaknesses and capabilities, and he has scored many crucial goals for the Gunners over the last four seasons. Okay he has not managed more than 16 League goals in one campaign, but for a workhorse that only cost us 10m GBP when Wenger brought him over from France he has at least earned his wages (unlike Walcott and a few others I could name).

Earlier in the season I remember Olly scoring something like six times in seven games, but no matter how many goals he gets, the fans always seem to concentrate on the ones that got away. Yes he did go 14 games without scoring, but he was still battling for every ball and it seemed that no matter how good his kick or header was, the opposing goalkeepers were all doing Gordon Banks’ impressions to keep his name of the scoresheet. He got blamed for our dismal run after Xmas, but surely the team as a whole were not playing well, and nobody else was scoring goals either. But that didn’t stop the fans and pundits laying into Giroud at every chance they got.

It seems this petty abuse has now spread to the France supporters. Giroud was abused before last night’s game with Cameroon. He was wolf-whistled when his name was announced on the team sheet, and he was jeered when he was substituted off. But despite all this pressure, he still managed to score France’s second goal with an excellent volley after a brilliant Pogba assist.

I bet he could be the top scorer at the Euros and win the trophy for France and he would still be abused by his own supporters…

Here are the short highlights from France v Cameroon. See Giroud’s volley and marvel at Payet’s fantastic winner in the last minute….

Darren

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32 thoughts on “Does Giroud deserve all the abuse? (Video of last night’s goal from Olly)

  1. Uzi Ozil

    Poor Giroud. Could it be that the fans concentrate on his lack of pace or the fact that he misses easy chances.

    Whatever the case is no body or player loves to be hated or booed in games or in life as the case maybe.

    Not a huge fan of Giroud but He just have to concentrate on his game, improve and prove the critics wrong.

    I feel he has some part to play with Arsenal next season but we still need to get a better and mobile striker.

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    1. Mick The Gooner

      As a substitute, Giroud is probably one of the best impact players I’ve seen. Every game that he comes off the bench he seems to score or get an assist.

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    2. SoOpa AeoN

      Let’s not worry ourselves too much bout giroud or other players not playing well or scoring these days, we have a new excuse and it’s called

      “SAVING ONE’S SELF FOR THE EUROS”

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    3. LegendaryArnold

      Giroud is a fine striker but HE IS NOT CONSISTENT!!!!!!!!

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  2. Mick The Gooner

    Can’t blame a guy for not being a world class striker. I’m sure Giroud would love to be world class. Heck, I’d love to be a world class striker myself. Unfortunately, we all have our limitations… Giroud is a decent striker. Scores an ok number of goals and contributes to the team in other ways too – his hold up play is very good and he offers a threat at set pieces, plus he’s good at defending against them too. He’s a good striker to have, but he won’t win you the league.

    You can blame a guy for not trying hard enough however. In most games, Giroud gives it his all and works hard for the team. Some games however, he just vanishes and does nothing… The game that sticks out for me was when I was at Norwich away this season. An away game where we’re drawing and need a goal and I didn’t even realise he was on the pitch. Completely anonymous.

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    1. Midkemma

      “Can’t blame a guy for not being a world class striker. ”

      If he sorted himself out he could be WC, one of the reasons why fans get on his back so much is because he could be WC but he is too LAZY.

      How can you say that the guy gives his all and works for the team?
      I’ve seen Giroud moan at other players for passing him the ball when he couldn’t be bothered to run after it and the attack broke down YET AGAIN.
      Giroud does try hard when it matters TO HIM.
      Forget if it matters to Arsenal, like winning the EPL and we needed a CF that wouldn’t go missing!

      Like coming back from injury and needing to prove himself, Giroud done it.
      Euros coming up and needed to get on a high before he went to them… done it.
      Theo done well and Giroud needed to prove himself… done it.

      Arsenal needs consistency… Not a CF who will perform when he wants to and not consistently.

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  3. Kojima

    Has to be the most hated striker in history and unjustly so if I may add, there are many strikers who have cost more and scored less but don’t get half as much stick as Giroud. People need to accept the fact that he is not that good, he will never be a Suarez/messi/aguero/Ronaldo/ibrahimovic or others he is an average player and will always be! You will only appreciate Giroud if u see him as an average player, only then will you see that he is not half bad

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    1. SoOpa AeoN

      Excellent way to put it…….

      He’s not bad , Scores a handful of goals, didn’t cost us much to get

      Not that i hate him , but i certainly dn’t want him Leading the Line for us….

      When Giroud becomes the number striker for a huge club like Arsenal, then u could only imagine who the Back-up strikers are!

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    2. quantic dream

      We particularly hate him because he was the RVP replacement! He was supposed to soften the blow..he was supposed to make us forget what we lost..he was supposed to score goals the way a 25-goal ligue 1 top scorer is supposed to score goals! So what did he do? He went on to miss a sitter on his very first game.

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      1. Midkemma

        Giroud was back up for RvP, RvP had an injury issue if you care to remember? Something to do with him having glass legs… Remember?

        We bought Giroud in June, RvP then left in Aug, guess it took him just over a month to recover from laughing at the ‘ambition’ we shown by buying Giroud.

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  4. ras911

    I’ve always said i never got the hatred for Giroud. Good striker, good team player and always gives his all yet so many hate him and call him names like donkey and lamppost no matter how many goals he scores or how great or important they are.

    Giroud isn’t an average player, he is good and can fit in most teams because he can score goals and provide assists and link up well. The only thing about him is that he is not a world class striker, not one any top team in Europe can have leading their attack. Other than that i’ve seen plenty hyped up players who don’t do half as good as he does.

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    1. Sam, need a striker

      “Giroud isn’t an average player, he is good and can fit in most teams because he can score goals and provide assists and link up well”
      Strongly disagree … Will he fit in Barca, RM, BM, ATM, City, Chelsea, old Arsenal, and may I also add Tottenham !!! …

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      1. ras911

        Yes he can fit them because he has the ATTRIBUTES to. As i said the only thing he doesn’t have is being a world class striker because of his lower conversion rate compared to the strikers playing for the teams you mentioned. He has the right attributes to fit most teams but he isn’t the complete package. Do you understand what i’m saying? If he was banging in 30 goals a season we’d be having a different conversation which is exactly my point. Good player but not world class and you can’t have him lead your strike force.

        Why do people pick what they want to use to disprove a point instead of taking everything said into consideration?

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        1. Sam, need a striker

          “As i said the only thing he doesn’t have is being a world class striker”
          You said it yourself … That’s why he won’t fit in top teams …
          BTW world class is not just a label, it’s attributes …

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          1. ras911

            Once again don’t pick out one thing and leave the rest out. I also said that’s why he can’t lead the strike force of those teams. You don’t think Giroud can play second striker for any of those teams? He can score, link up well and assist which give him the attributes to play for most teams! I never said said he can lead a strike force once again.

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  5. Ozzy AFC

    Look
    No player deserves abuse as it were but its clear to all and sundry that Olivier Giroud is NEVER going to be the beast of a golscoring striker that we really really need
    Yes he does have flashes of genius and yes he can score a goal when he puts his mond to it, but he clearly lacks the really big game mentality and when it really matters, (against Monaco at home last season) he’s found wanting, its not his fault per sey but he’s just NOT good enough.
    If anybody deserves to pulled up on it (and I dont mean abuse) It Arsene Wenger as he is the man who brought him in and has refused to see Groud’s short comings and who up until now has refused to look at either replacing him or bringing in another more talented and naturally gifted striker.
    Giroud will never be any better than he is now and that just not good enough for a team of Arsenals stature its really that simple.

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    1. Midkemma

      Wenger wanted a CF and he had Welbroke bought for him… I can find the vid where he says it himself if you want, I only wish I could slap you round the face hard enough with the vid so you will remember the sting next time you go to say something so stupid.

      To start off Giroud was bought as cover for RvP, not to be main CF.
      Next transfer window we buy Ozil as we lost a lot of creativity and we needed someone who could unlock oppositions def, that came after Arsenal wanted Suarez… Ohh look, a CF.

      The next window he has Welbroke bought for him, another CF.

      ” It Arsene Wenger as he is the man who brought him in and has refused to see Groud’s short comings and who up until now has refused to look at either replacing him or bringing in another more talented and naturally gifted striker.”

      I have just shown this to be BS, Wenger has wanted a CF and we have the wonderful Welbroke thanks to the BOARD and not Wenger…

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  6. Robertthegooner

    He Isnt good enough to be our number one striker but is good enough to be our supersub

    We need a 25 goal scorer

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  7. Ozzy AFC

    For my money and this is only personally speaking I feel that Walcott should get far more stick than Giroud
    Walcott has been “developing” for nearly ten years and especially this season just gone has done next to nothing, even when given a place in the starting line up. He negotiated a pay rise and then went totally missing all season. To my mind all Theo has done in ten years at the club is grow a beard.
    Sorrt Walcott fans but Id see thae back of him in an instant rather than sell giroud, Im not saying Giroud is way better or that he is world class but at least on most occations he does attempt tro put a shift in at the very least Walcott however is bone idle and Id happily let him go on Free if noone would pay the asking pprice.

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  8. adajim

    fff need to seriously do something abt this. for me its absurd. I mean, this player didn’t beg to be included in the team, neither did he pay some money to play for them. if the coaches didn’t see his usefulness he wouldn’t has been called up. for me Giroud always give his best on the pitch, his best might not be enough but that is up to the coaches to decide not his decision.
    on this platform we rain abuses in him instead of the board and wenger who decide to stick with him. I feel this guy can’t do more that this, he doesn’t have what the fans expects him to give. so leave him alone coz he can’t give what he didn’t have. a monkey in africa can not turn to a dog in america.

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  9. heedreece

    Giroud and football fans( Arsenal and France) are just like a boyfriend and a girlfriend in a relationship. The girl expects a lot from the guy and when the guy doesn’t live up to the expectations, she starts condemning the guy. Giroud is special in his own way. Not everyone will become a world class player.

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  10. jonm

    When comparing strikers it is easy to fall into the trap of the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. We watch our striker closely wheras for other teams only see perhaps highloghts. When we are playing against other teams we soon forget their misses but remember our own misses.

    Another factor is penalties, arsenal are rerely given penalties. Giroud had one, kane and vady five each.

    Sometimes we belittle girouds achievements, hatrick was only against an awful aston villa side. But it was an important high pressure game, lose and CL playoffs were likely, win and we had st totteringsday. Kane scored two goals in one game against aston villa, are they inimportant as well?

    Giroud went fifteen games without scoring. Well at the beginning of the season kane went eight games for tottenham without scoring and in the first 13 games only scored once. In the first 13 games of this season for arsenal, giroud scored six goals.

    Giroud played for less time this season than Kane. The following stats are Minutes played per non penalty goal

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    1. jonm

      The above is incomplete, finished post is below, sorry about that.

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  11. jonm

    When comparing strikers it is easy to fall into the trap of the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. We watch our striker closely wheras for other teams only see perhaps highloghts. When we are playing against other teams we soon forget their misses but remember our own misses.

    Another factor is penalties, arsenal are rerely given penalties. Giroud had one, kane and vady five each.

    Sometimes we belittle girouds achievements, hatrick was only against an awful aston villa side. But it was an important high pressure game, lose and CL playoffs were likely, win and we had st totteringsday. Kane scored two goals in one game against aston villa, are they inimportant as well?

    Giroud went fifteen games without scoring. Well at the beginning of the season kane went eight games for tottenham without scoring and in the first 13 games only scored once. In the first 13 games of this season for arsenal, giroud scored six goals.

    Giroud played for less time this season than Kane. The following stats are Minutes played per non penalty goal

    Aguero 118
    Giroud 162
    Kane 168
    Vardy 165
    Lukaku 186

    Having said all that, we need a much better striker in addition to Giroud. Unfortunately walcott is not going to do it, welbeck was looking promising but now long term injured. Basically we need world class but who?

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  12. trent_castle

    Giroud’s an awesome player.I think he’s decent striker, probably not world class and if other team members score their own share of goals then we’ll be alright.Plus the boss thinks he
    good enough to lead the line….all other views are irrelevant.Awesome awesome Giroud 4life!!!

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  13. kamn288

    Arsene Wenger likes to pass the ball rather than cross it in the box which is what he wants and the direct style is only played by Arsenal when they need points on the board. Quick release of the ball helps giroud a lot.

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  14. peterh

    Just forget meaningless words like world class, top player etc What we need are players with talent who have big game mentality and who can stand up and be counted when it comes to the crunch. In the present Arsenal team how many winners are there? As for Giroud, Walcott, Gibbs, Wilshere and a few others I have not seen them win too many must win matches against the big teams. So, deadwood out, winners in.

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  15. luvdaguns

    its hard to hate giroud, too strong a word, he is just what he is, a 14-16 goal per season striker. his 15 game w/o a goal is the biggest reason we finished 2nd, if we expect to compete in the epl for first, we simply need a 25 gps striker, getting a hat trick vs villa when it does not count for anything is not my idea of productive, world class strikers score in big games, ie: thierry henri

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  16. davidrusa

    Several times I have disputed such subjective descriptions with no standard definition such as world class player. I would rather we used simpler words like excellent, very good, good, average, poor etc. Giroud is a good player but can even be better. Van Persie only scored 30 goals in his last season at Arsenal. Prior to that he was not anything spectacular. What makes you think that Giroud cannot achieve such a feat? Who had ever heard of Jamie Vardy before this last season? I don’t think it is beyond Giroud to get over 20 goals. It is all about a multiplicity of factors favouring a player. I am not a prophet but I feel there will be a time when Giroud scores more than 20 goals and why not? After all for two seasons he has just been 4 goals shy of getting 20. Adebayor one time got 24 goals and I don’t think he was much better than Giroud. Maybe Giroud should be given the benefit of doubt and all the support he needs. Whatever Giroud’s weaknesses he is one of our most reliable and regular players. Hence he requires our support and encouragement, not disparaging remarks. Do we need more strikers? Of course we do. Remember in our unbeaten year we had Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Sylvain Witord, Nwankwo Kanu as strikers. Besides we had wingers who could score many goals such as Robert Pires, Frederick Ljunberg as well as midfielders such as Edu. When people praise Thierry Henry they forget that he had other quality players around him. Similarly what Giroud is to have at least two other strikers and Arsenal will destroy teams.

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    1. davidrusa

      It should be “Similarly Giroud needs to have——“

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