Olivier Giroud


#541

Umm let’s be clear here, weren’t quite a good proportion of those 15 games sub appearances? If I remember rightly they were, but maybe I’m wrong. It was a dry spell but an overegged dry spell because he got dropped and became a sub. That aside for around 40 games before that and all the subsequent games this season he’s averaged about a goal a game.

Some perspective is needed.


#542

I think anybody who tries to give any justification for his barren run has to be a huge Giroud fan.

The guy is inadequate as a starting striker for a top club.


#543

I’m not a Giroud fan, I don’t him as first choice but as a rotational option. I’m pointing out that the barren run isn’t put into context, ie plenty of those 15 games he didn’t even start. 12 of his appearances were off the bench throughout the season.

In the season as a whole he managed 3 more leadue goals than Alexis despite starting less and having slightly less minutes overall. Obviously it’s a bit easier starting leading the line but still.


#544

His minutes per goal ratio this season is 71! He is top by far in that chart, Aguero is next with a goal every 101 minutes.

Not saying he should be starting every match, but his stats and what he brings to the team shouldn’t be sniffed at. Yeah he had a bad run last season - but most strikers go through a dry spell. He certainly shouldn’t be judged on that period alone.

Incredibly under-rated and under-appreciated.


#545

Give the guy a break! Considering he shouldn’t be first choice, he is doing fucking well.


#546

When I checked before this game he had a higher goals per minute ratio and assists per minute ratio than Messi lol

Meanwhile Sanchez continues being joint top scorer (with an absent Costa). Perez seems to be scoring as well, even Iwobi seem to get them in the net huffing and puffing so it looks like we have the striking power for now.

Coincidentally our midfield is instead disjointed and dysfunctional, while our wing/wide attacking options are subpar together with full backs who aren’t good enough to compensate. It actually seems our two best wide options Iwobi and Perez are on the same (left) side as well so no luck in that regard either. As long as we grind out the wins we can pick it up though.


#547

Next week could be good to concede a game on the bench, playing with Welbeck or Perez as starter despite an home game against a team like Burnley isn’t properly the right type of game to keep Olivier on the bench.


#548

I think he came of the bench 5 times or so during that stretch. He was also benched in the first months of that season for several games for Walcott.


#549

Giroud-haters logic 101:-

Giroud doesn’t score for a run of games = he should score loads with Sanchez/Ozil supplying

Giroud scores for a run of games = he only scores because of Sanchez/Ozil supplying


#550

Problem is if he scores he starts the next match. Alexis striker before we capitalise.


#552

Dont kid yourself. Wenger never had any intention of demoting giroud to second striker.
Wenger has waited his time to slot Giroud in and now Giroud is number 1 and we will remain top 4 at BEST until we get rid of Wenger .


#553

Hope it’s a small one. We haven’t a reliable back up for Sanchez upfront atm.


#554

Every time I see that he’s starting a small part of me dies.


#555

As soon as that hairy, chiseled chin of his wedged itself between the door, you just knew we would be seeing him start often. I really don’t like it. Regardless of results, we play so much more fluidly.

I guess I just thought we’d see a lot more rotation upfront at this point, regardless of Giroud’s contract extension, it almost feels like we’re obliged to use him for that matter alone.


#556

Nearly cost us playing him for so long.


#557

Not really, entire forward line was dog shit for large parts


#558

He’s the hair gel that greases the dog shit machine.

Now we have Alexis, Danny and Perez all fit it’s about time we started playing 3 mobile forwards every game.


#559

Wenger will not bin giroud for anyone. He must always try and prove himself right. G irouds here to stay. He’ll be first choice.


#560

At least Giroud is bloody loyal. Loves the club. Will play 90 minutes or 9 minutes with a smile on his face.

I’m not saying Giroud should be starting for us every week, he obviously shouldn’t be, but if we hadn’t luckily got the penalty at the end today, us drawing would not have been his fault. He is such an easy scapegoat. Sometimes he gets criticised when he doesn’t even play!


#561

Yeah. Bloody loyal and worthless for other clubs better than us. He has no reason to leave, because there is not interest.