Posted on May 23, 2016 by ADMIN

Will Arsenal fans forgive Giroud if he wins the Euros?

Can Giroud Put a Hit-And-Miss Season Behind Him with a Stellar Euro 2016 Campaign?

Olivier Giroud ended his 2015/16 season on a high note by blasting a hat-trick past a feeble Aston Villa side, but it might not be enough to save his Arsenal career.

Reports have suggested that the Frenchman may leave the club in the summer following an inconsistent campaign for Arsene Wenger’s men. His 15-game goal drought in the second half of the season played a huge role in Arsenal’s failure to win the title for a 12th-straight year. As a result, it could be in the interest of both parties to move on, and a strong performance for France at Euro 2016, with odds of 28/1 for Giroud to be the player of the tournament at the time of writing, may allow the Gunners to cash in on the forward.

An Inconsistent Campaign

GiroudUnhappyGiroud had a positive start to the season, notching 10 goals in the Premier League by Christmas, which matched the pace of Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Leicester’s Jamie Vardy. His brace against Liverpool in January appeared to have handed Arsene Wenger’s men three points at Anfield, but Arsenal were pegged back a late Joe Allen goal.

The goals would be Giroud’s last in the Premier League until May, while his side’s response to their setback would see them fall behind Leicester and Tottenham in the title race as they won only two of their next eight matches. Giroud’s struggles were well noted as he missed a plethora of opportunities, leading to criticism of his game from former Gunners.

However, he managed to end the season on a positive note by ending his drought after 15 long matches with a strike against Manchester City and his hat-trick against Villa. He matched his best tally in the Premier League with 16 goals, but Arsenal’s title ambitions demand more from their leading marksman, as proved by the days of Thierry Henry and Ian Wright.

Arsenal To Move On?

Zlatan1Giroud had a solid season for the Gunners but the club may look to the summer to refresh their options in the final third, particularly with an injury to Danny Welbeck ruling the England international out until 2017.

The new television deal will hand Wenger ample cash to spend in the transfer market, while Arsenal also have huge sponsorship deals with Emirates and Puma to bolster the coffers. Their contract with Emirates is worth £30m a year, which could be the difference to competitors in the Premier League, such as West Ham, who are also flushed with cash due to the money received from Sky and BT and a move to the Olympic Stadium.

Several players are expected to be on the move this summer, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexandre Lacazette and Michy Batshuayi all available. Pressure has built on Wenger and members of his squad over the past year, which may force the Frenchman into action following the Euros to preserve his position at the Emirates Stadium.

Giroud To Fire On Home Soil

Olivier-Giroud-FranceGiroud will be under pressure to deliver for Didier Deschamps’ France at Euro 2016 along with the rest of Les Bleus as they attempt to emerge victorious on home soil. The forward has a decent record at international level, with 14 strikes in his 47 appearances, although only three of his goals have come in competitive fixtures.

Playing time will also be a concern for Giroud as Deschamps may favour playing Antoine Griezmann as a lone striker, even though the Atletico Madrid man has featured alongside Fernando Torres at the Vicente Calderon in his excellent La Liga season. Deschamps may use the same tactics to bring the best out of Griezmann, which will open up opportunities for Giroud to thrive.
France boast one of the most potent midfields in the tournament as Dimitri Payet, Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi reside in their ranks, while Anthony Martial will also provide an option from the wing. As a result, there should be plenty of ammunition for Giroud to work with in the final third, and Wenger believes that the forward is more than capable of racking up the goals when he gets going.

A strong spell of form over through June and July to compare to his run before Christmas could put the forward in the mix to be one of the shining lights of the Euros. He could even guide his side to glory on French soil which would serve as a significant marker of his ability.

Can Giroud Deliver?


Giroud has the talent to deliver on the grand stage as well as the motivation. He can drive France to success and perhaps grab the attention of clubs around Europe should his time with Arsenal come to an end. He will have to cope with the pressure of the occasion, but there could be no greater time to perform to his best to ensure that his career does not dwindle away.

Will Arsenal fans forgive him if he hits the heights at the Euros?

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21 thoughts on “Will Arsenal fans forgive Giroud if he wins the Euros?

  1. Jansen

    I guess the “Giroud” issue is not unlike the “Wenger” issue.

    There are two camps; those who believe Giroud would have the talent to drive a team to a major trophy and those who believe that the best that can reasonably be expected from Giroud is that he does not harm a teams chances of winning a game/trophy. (like when he went cold for nearly two months for us).

    I don’t think Giroud can drive France to success, I don’t think he has the talent. France have a good team and could win the Championship but it will more likely be because of Pogba and Griezman (two player who do possess the skill to drive a team to success) than because of Giroud driving the team to glory. He is more of a support player than a difference maker like Suarez or RVP was/were.

    If Giroud is on the top of his game he might just put enough chances away for France to win it but that is the best France can hope for.

    1. Sam, need a striker

      I tend to disagree with you @Jansen …. On Giroud, there’s only one camp that is he is not good enough to take us forward …
      Unlike Wenger, there’s two camps: those who think he is still the man with the qualites we need, and those who think he is outdated … I support the later …

      1. Jansen

        I think there are still fans who rate Giroud and don’t see him as our biggest problem.

        1. Jim A

          I’m in his camp. Love what he brings to the team. That fifteen game drought occurred just as Alexis got back and Alexis who has always had much more of the ball went through a similar drought and Walcott? Well he wasn’t even in the equation. Those 15 games of which he didn’t score did not include all starts like Alexis had.

  2. Jansen

    Forgot to mention that I don’t think Giroud will go anywhere. I believe there is better than 50% chance he will start as our striker the first game of the new season.

    1. muda

      @Jansen, I expect Giroud to start our 1st EPL game too, then to come off for a new striker’s debut and then ther new striker make the difference in his 15minutes cameo and then the rest is history.

  3. Sam, need a striker

    If he win the Euro, that means France won a competition and not Arsenal … Maybe French arsenal supporters will go easier on him …
    We have no problem with Giroud to forgive him, it is Wenger fault to play him and not signing a top striker …

    1. Sam, need a striker

      TBH I want to enjoy the Euro, and players like Giroud are not a joy to watch … Keep him in the bench …

  4. 007

    I don’t think anyone here has a personal issue with OG, so I don’t see how his exploits at the Euro will change our views on him.

    Wishing him and all our players on international duty all the best. His form for France has been okay, of course he rotates and fights for his spot which brings out the best in him.

    I don’t mind us maintaining OG as our 2nd or 3rd choice striker guaranteed we get an upgrade on him. The sooner Wenger gets the fact that we cant challenge for major trophies with OG as our main attacker the better, for now it seems as though Wenger and the club is caught in two minds and dragging their feet on securing a striker.

    Of course I might be wrong, and I hope I am for the sake of the club.

  5. Uzi Ozil

    Its no Giroud fault we want another striker. Infact, Giroud is actually giving his best. Maybe His best ain’t good enough for Arsenal’ hence, we cry out for another striker better than what Giroud offers.

    All the best Giroud @ the Euros. All the best to Arsenal players playing at the Euros. I’ll be watching Xhaka closely.

  6. luvdaguns

    giroud is fine, but clearly 15 matches without a goal played a huge role in our second place finish, as well the same the last 4 years, he works hard, plays hard, but seems to be a striker who will play on a team that can not quite win the league, we need a 20 goal per match scorer minimum to compete for top spot. we passed on higuain, he ended up w about 40 goals this season in the league alone, I think we are hoisting the trophy with gonzalo, and giroud off the bench

    1. LegendaryArnold

      winning the Euros doesnt change anything because it would take a team effort to do it and it doesnt make Giroud a worldclass striker. it is better we sign a south american striker. they are more goal oriented. i dont know why Arsenal havent noticed young wonderkid Gabriel Barbosa.

  7. tobby1983

    Off topic: We still need,at least,two more important upgrades. One WC CF and one WC CB. Do you think boss will do it both? I don’t!

  8. summerbreez

    Giroud is in fine form particularly with his last hat trick and if that is anything to go by i think he will shine in the euros I personaly wish him Good luck

  9. damochy

    First and foremost, forgive him for what, been a decent average striker? And exactly what has France winning the tournament got to do with Arsenal?

  10. Harryjone01

    The problem is not with Giroud. Wenger should be blamed for not signing another proven striker. Giroud is playing to his best but not enough for Arsenal team. There is nothing he could do to upgrade his game cos he’s already playing to his maximum height. Wenger should wake up and get us striker like Auba, Higuain, (Zlatan off to United I think), Authonovic e.t.c

  11. tissiam

    i don,t know if giroud is the man to drive France to victory but i know that we,re going to win the euros and when i say we i mean FRANCE,ALLEZ LES BLEUS!!!

  12. atid

    I think giroud has well proved his £11m price tag. However, that is a great price for a back up striker or even 3Rd choice (when welbeck returns) but not good enough for a first team striker aiming for the EPL and CL. Leicester have vardy. Spurs have Kane, man City aguero. United will strengthen, barca have suarez, Madrid – Ronaldo bayern have lewandowski.

    Arsenal have giroud??? With an injured Welbeck missing until February at best.

    A world class striker is massively important, akpom might get some chances as 3Rd choice until welbeck is fit, Walcott should refocus on his wing play. But if he has lost his one trick -his pace- then he has to be moved on with another winger bought in.

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