Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has reaffirmed his desire to stay at the Emirates Stadium next season, citing that he wants to help the club win the Premier League title. The French international has fallen down the pecking order under manager Arsene Wenger, making the majority of his top-flight appearances from the substitutes’ bench, but signed a new deal earlier in the campaign and wants to see it out.
Alexis Sanchez scored a brace for Arsenal as the Gunners defeated relegation Sunderland 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Gunners had the first attempt on goal after just three minutes, as Alexis Sanchez fired an effort well over the bar from long-range. Arsenal looked to have taken the lead on eight minutes.
Sanchez’s effort on goal deflected off Olivier Giroud’s arm and found the bottom corner of Jordan Pickford’s net. However, the referee spotted the infringement and disallowed the effort.
Arsenal kept their hopes of Champions League qualification for next season alive with a 4-1 win at Stoke City on Saturday evening.
Arsenal had the first real threat on goal on five minutes, as Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland saved well at the feet of Alexis Sanchez. The referee’s assistant raised the flag anyway, so the effort would not have counted, but nevertheless a good save from the ‘keeper.
The Gunners threatened again on nine minutes. Mesut Ozil floated a corner into the area that Shkodran Mustafi glanced towards goal, only for Butland to tip over the bar superbly.
Arsenal kept their hopes alive of a top-four finish this season by winning 2-0 at Southampton on Wednesday night, courtesy of goals from Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud.
Southampton offered the first threat on either goal on three minutes. Winger Nathan Redmond found space down the Saints left and found Steven Davis 25 yards out, only for the midfielder to fire well over Petr Cech’s bar.
On seven minutes Cedric got down the Saints right and crossed for opposite full-back Ryan Bertrand, who volleyed across the face of the Arsenal goal. Fortunately for the Gunners, nobody was there to put the ball into the ball into the net.
Arsenal’s chances of a top-four finish this season were handed a blow on Sunday, as the Gunners suffered a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham in the north London derby.
The home side made a lightning quick start and had the first effort on goal with less than a minute on the clock. Dele Alli found Harry Kane, who advanced towards goal and fired an effort through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s legs, only for Petr Cech to get down well to deny the Spurs striker.
The home side were also had the next attempt on six minutes. Christian Eriksen curled in a corner from Spurs right and Tobey Alderweireld headed just over the bar.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his desire to keep striker Olivier Giroud at the Emirates Stadium this summer, despite rumours suggesting he could return to the French Ligue 1 ahead of the new season. The French international, who has two years remaining on his deal, has been linked with Olympique Marseille, but Wenger has refuted the rumours and issued a “hands-off” warning.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud played 82 minutes in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City but was largely ineffective at Wembley as his playing style didn’t fit the Gunners’ approach. The French international was utilised as the out-ball for Arsenal but didn’t have the pace to break the high City defence and was instead involved in aerial duels with Nicolas Otamendi.
Giroud failed to get in behind the Manchester City defence as a lack of any real athleticism, and chances were few and far between on the day. The former Montpellier man had two shots all game, completing just one pass every six minutes on average, and his withdrawal before extra time was expected earlier than it came.
Arsenal’s Spanish striker Lucas Perez is set for a summer return to former club Deportivo La Coruna, according to the Daily Star.
Lucas only arrived at Arsenal last summer from Deportivo for a reported fee of around £17million. The Gunners snatched the striker out of the grasp of Premier League rivals Everton.
However, Lucas has failed to get much of a chance in north London and it seems he could make a loan move back to his former club.
Struggled for starts at Arsenal
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been on the periphery of the squad all season, making the majority of his appearances from the substitutes’ bench. The French international is behind the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck in the pecking order, but has a chance of returning to the starting XI in Monday’s clash with Middlesbrough given his physical superiority.
Giroud has scored and created 12 goals in 826 minutes in the Premier League this season, capitalising on his greater strength in the penalty area and his cool head to finish in tight confines. He doesn’t have the same athleticism as Sanchez or Welbeck, but Middlesbrough’s deep, defensive style will mean such pace won’t threaten the North-East outfit.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was given 16 minutes from the bench in Wednesday’s win over West Ham United, and has made just one Premier League start for the Gunners since January. And with reports suggesting the French international has been contacted by a club in the French Ligue 1, could Giroud be on his way out this summer?
Given the former Montpellier centre-forward has largely spent the season as a substitute, Arsenal might not stand in his way if he seeks an exit in the summer. Giroud has scored a respectable nine goals in 793 minutes of Premier League football but finds himself below the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck in the striker pecking order.