Despite the fact that Arsenal fans have their own song for the big French striker and the fact that the football media is full of praise for him and think he is one of the key players that have helped the Gunners get to the top of the table and stay there this season, some people just have no time for him.
When Olivier Giroud joined Arsenal from Montpellier last summer, it was just the latest in a series of steps up the striker had taken in his football career. In his early days, when he was coming through the youth ranks at Grenoble in France, nobody had much optimism about the big striker becoming a star in the world of football, and he remembers the early setbacks that he had to fight against, and that seems to have given the French international the determination and desire to keep proving people wrong.
I know it is probably too early in the season to judge him properly, but with four goals in five games so far, Olivier Giroud has got off to a flying start and has got everybody talking about him. After another sublime finish from the big Frenchman gave the Gunners a great victory over Tottenham in the north London derby, is Giroud showing signs of becoming a world class striker?
When Olivier Giroud signed for Arsenal last summer, his arrival was not greatly anticipated by the fans, mainly because we had lost our captain and top scorer Robin van Persie to Manchester United. Although we were told that Giroud was not really meant to fill the Dutchman’s boots, it was hard not to compare the two.
With all the Arsenal transfer rumours about at the minute, most fans are thinking more about which players will be coming in to the club, but we should not forget about the importance of stability and continuity. Arsenal have suffered greatly in recent years as Arsene Wenger has had to constantly rebuild the team following the departures of key players like Fabregas, Nasri and van Persie.
Arsene Wenger could be heading back to France again soon, to add another player to his decidedly Gallic Arsenal team. And after selling the Gunners their top scorer last summer, Montpellier could be set to lose another one of their stars. Younes Belhanda has practically begged somebody to come and sign him this summer, and he has been linked with Arsenal before.
The jury has been in deliberation all season about Olivier Giroud at Arsenal. Of course, the French international has been given some leeway by us Gooners, although not much by some, as it is his first season with the Gunners and we have seen players take time to get used to the English Premier League before.
Rub your eyes, Arsenal fans, pinch yourself and splash your face with cold water, then read the headline again. Is it still the same? Yes, and it is not April 1st, so what on Earth is going on? Maybe whoever wrote this story originally had shaky hands from the night before, or his dog barked as he was typing and he hit an extra zero, because 100 million euros is silly money for anybody, never mind Remy Cabella.