On this day twelve months ago, Olivier Giroud hit 100 goals for Arsenal Football Club. Now while most people want to focus on how he managed to get that 100th goal or who it was against, we really don’t care about all of that. What we do care about, however, is looking back on what a tremendous career the Frenchman had at the Emirates – especially given that very few people were giving him a chance to succeed early on.
Verdict: France Win
Best Odds: 1/4
France will be pleased with the draw, as Les Bleus are not paired with any other European heavyweight. Australia will believe that they have a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages ahead of Peru and Denmark. However, this game is a daunting start for the Socceroo’s in Russia.
Didier Deschamps squad of players for this summer’s tournament is arguably the most talented. Talented youngsters like Ousmane Dembele and Thomas Lemar join stars of the European game like Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann in Les Bleus squad.
It’s time for another trip down memory lane, and while this game only happened twelve months ago, it’ll feel like it’s a million miles away for Arsenal fans. This time last year, the Gunners defeated Southampton 2-0 to ensure that their faint hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League were kept alive. Unlike this year, where there’s just one game remaining, Arsenal still had three games remaining to try and make up some ground on Manchester City due to the fact that last season didn’t have a World Cup right around the corner in the summer.
According to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, France international forward Olivier Giroud wanted to stay at Arsenal, but had to move to Chelsea in January in search of first team football.
Wenger told Arsenal Magazine: “Olivier is an Arsenal man as well.
“He left for similar reasons to Theo Walcott, by being sad to leave but also objective enough to analyse his situation. His professional career demanded that he moved, but his heart wanted him to stay.
“Both Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud are similar cases on that front.
Olivier Giroud is no longer an Arsenal player, and that’s been the case for a few months now. While most supporters had time to come to terms with that disastrous revelation, a lot of us are still hoping this is some kind of sick nightmare which we’re going to wake up from imminently.
As it stands, however, the Frenchman is still a member of Chelsea Football Club, and our hearts are still broken. Now while that sentence alone is likely enough to make you either vomit or want to dig your head in the sand, bear with us as we explain our reasons behind missing Olivier so much.
Olivier Giroud has revealed the difference between Arsenal and Chelsea after the striker secured a January switch to the latter in an attempt to strengthen his hopes of making it into France’s World Cup squad.
Arsenal fell to a hugely damaging 1-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham on Saturday as their top four hopes took a major blow.
Harry Kane was once again the difference for Spurs as he netted the only goal of the game, with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette failing to get on the scoresheet.
Arsene Wenger says Arsenal owe Olivier Giroud a lot for his “exceptional dedication and commitment” 0
Arsene Wenger has praised Olivier Giroud and said that the club owe the French striker a lot for his “exceptional dedication and commitment” to the club. The manager said this after the forward sealed his switch to play for Premier League rivals Chelsea.
Arsenal were able to oversee a very positive winter transfer window as they brought in a number of very talented players. Henrikh Mkhitaryan switched Manchester United for Arsenal, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was bought from Borussia Dortmund. Wenger will be hoping that Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang will be able to rekindle the deadly partnership they had when they both played for Dortmund.
Arsene Wenger has explained why Olivier Giroud decided to swap Arsenal for Premier League rivals Chelsea in the winter transfer window after the forward made the switch for around £18 million.
Arsenal will be hopeful of fielding their new deadly attack force at the weekend after a largely successful winter window. Alexis Sanchez finally departed the club as he joined Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. His departure saw the London side make a number of high profile signings that will only strengthen their attack.
The January transfer window has closed and all Arsenal’s deals are done. For me, the January transfer window has been a success for the Gunners. Too many players at the club were complacent, unhappy or just good enough.
Instead of those aforementioned players, Arsenal have brought in two players that under the right conditions could be key players for the club.
Walcott, Sanchez and Giroud sold
The fact that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has decided to allow Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud leave the club in January shows that the veteran Frenchman is determined to overhaul the team.
Borussia Dortmund are reportedly eyeing up Olivier Giroud as a possible replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the forward edges closer to a switch to Arsenal in the current transfer window.
Arsenal said goodbye to their best player last week as Alexis Sanchez sealed a move to Manchester United. The Chilean had been widely tipped to leave the club, but it seemed as though he would join Pep Guardiola and Manchester City instead. However, the forward has joined up with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United instead.