Olivier Giroud: A man Arsenal should not miss out on by Richard Hall
Montpellier hit man Oliver Giroud has been is superb form so far this term. After making no secret of his admiration for Arsenal it seems that all the pieces are in place for a summer move. He is a man whose signature Arsene Wenger should secure.
Giroud, 25 years of age, is just under 6ft 4inches tall and is the personification of power and grace. More than just a typical center forward Giroud is deadly in or outside the box, he has a cannon of a shot but at the same time the ability to score with the most deft of touches. He is a good set piece taker, his control is superb, he is strong, agile and merciless when it comes to using his head, in short he is everything that Arsenal need at this moment in time.
Giroud started his career with Grenoble before being loaned to Istres where he scored an impressive 14 goals in 33 games. This prompted Tours to come in a snap him and he repaid their faith by scoring 24 goals in 44 games, this saw him also finish as the Ligue 2 top goal scorer and win player of the year in that division.
It did not take long for Ligue 1 clubs to come looking for him and in 2010 Montpellier came knocking and secured his signature. Since his time there he has become something of a phenomenon, his new nickname ‘le buteur de charme’ (The charmed striker) is down to his good looks as much as it is his goalscoring record but even so, he has been in blistering form. 28 goals in 60 appearances in the top flight show that he is not phased by the step up and his recent performances indicate that he will go from strength to strength.
It was reported by Talksport this week that the French International hit man has his eyes fixed firmly on North London saying that “I love the French feel at Arsenal and the atmosphere that is created by the fans. They always support their players.”
However when asked if he had entered talks with the Gunners he stated “Out of respect to my club I am not considering my future at the moment and we will decide soon what is best for both parties”
Giroud would give Arsenal much more than cover for Robin Van Persie he would give them another option that would be an extremely deadly threat to any Premier League defence. At the moment he plays at the head of a 4-3-2-1 but he could easily link up with Van Persie and it could be to some effect, as with he has the ariel threat and poachers instinct that Arsenal have been missing. He is also a work horse and will work hard for his team, he is certainly not scared of a challenge.
To put a valuation on him is difficult and it is even more difficult to know if Arsene Wenger will make an official approach, the club however has admitted interest. If the believed €16 million release clause is factual then it looks a possibility as Gilles Grimandi has been to watch him now on numerous occasions. If Arsenal are to sign anyone this summer this should and could be the man.
Have a look at Giroud in action right here
by Richard Hall (You can follow him on Twitter @Arsenal1886_RH and visit his Arsenal Blog Arsenal 1886 here)