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The REAL reason Arsenal are not starting Giroud?

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So according to Arsene Wenger the Arsenal and France international striker Olivier Giroud has yet to start a single game for the Gunners this season is because he had a long summer and got back late and has not been up to speed. Well speed is probably a bad word to use for Giroud but [...]

Arsenal’s secret striker!

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All summer Arsenal fans were crying out for Arsene Wenger to splash the cash on a new striker, with Olivier Giroud proving on more than one occasion that he just isn't up to the mark. The Gunners eventually signed Lucas Perez towards the end of the transfer window and although we are yet to see [...]

Who is Arsenal’s Top Scorer in the Champions League?

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Lovely warm Autumn night, great stadium, very good opponents, a night to look forward to. Win or draw (I never mention a loss) I will enjoy our return to the Champions League, our 19th season in succession.

Can we get further than the last 16? We haven't since 2010; if Arsenal are to be taken seriously as a top team then we must reach at least the quarter-final.

Will ‘unfair’ France fans make striker happier at Arsenal

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While the Arsenal and France international star Olivier Giroud has come in for his fair (or unfair depending on your point of view) share of criticism from some members of the football media in England as well as some Arsenal fans, this is almost exclusively confined to the papers, TV and social media and does [.

Giroud says France won’t rest on laurels

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Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud said France won't be taking Belarus lightly when they begin World Cup 2018 qualifying in Minsk on Tuesday.

France have been in great form over the summer, reaching the Euro 2016 final on home soil in July before triumphing 3-1 away to Italy on Thursday in a friendly.

Three Reasons Why Arsenal Must Sign £40m French Star

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2015-16 represented Arsenal’s best chance at winning the title. Their main rivals were going through turbulent times. However, Leicester City managed to show the class and confidence one would expect from the Gunners and got the Premier League trophy. One of the major reasons why Arsenal could not end their title drought was because of the striker problem.

Griezmann brace, Arsenal forward impresses in France 2-1 Ireland

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Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann scored twice as France beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 to move into the last eight of Euro 2016 on Sunday in Lyon.

France manager Didier Deschamps has made four changes to his side that drew 0-0 with Switzerland in their last match with Dimitri Payet, Blaise Matuidi, N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud all returning to the starting XI.

Giroud was always Wenger’s Plan B …. Vardy fits Plan A

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Following on from LB's post yesterday asking what we could expect from Vardy in an Arsenal shirt, I thought that I would delve a bit deeper into the factors that would affect that expectation and why he is the type of player we need.

Obviously all this is based on the assumption that Vardy will sign for North London's Finest .

Arsenal star finds the net, stunning goal from Payet in France 2-1 Romania

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France open their Euro 2016 campaign with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Romania at Stade de France in Saint-Denis on Friday night. It was the first time since Euro 2000 that the host nation won the opening game, thanks to a late stunning goal from West Ham forward Dimitri Payet.

Despite a blitzkrieg of an opening start, both teams squandered few excellent goal scoring opportunities, with the scoreline remaining 0-0 at half time.

Transfer Balls: Arsenal Trigger Jamie Vardy’s £20million Transfer Clause

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With Granit Xhaka already in the bag, Arsenal have now turned their attentions to Premier League winner Jamie Vardy, with the Gunners bidding around £20million for the striker.

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The Guardian's Stuart James dropped the story on Friday afternoon, reporting that in bidding between 20-22million for Vardy, Arsenal had triggered the player's release clause for the Leicester City star.

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PSG’s Verratti has Champions League red card rescinded

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Paris (AFP) Paris Saint-Germain have successfully appealed against the red card picked up by Italian midfielder Marco Verratti towards the end of Tuesday's Champions League draw with Arsenal, the French champions confirmed.

Verratti was shown a second yellow card along with Arsenal's Olivier Giroud after the pair clashed off the ball in injury time in Tuesday's 1-1 draw at the Parc des Princes in Group A.

Wenger wants Hull of an effort from Gunners

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London (AFP) Arsene Wenger will expect his Arsenal side to offer more convincing signs of their ability to compete for the Premier League title when they visit Hull City on Saturday after a testing week in Europe.

A 1-1 draw at Paris Saint-Germain ensured the Gunners avoided defeat in their opening Champions League outing although the point came at the expense of a red card for Olivier Giroud.

Wenger buoyant for PSG clash after Saints win

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London (AFP) It was deep into injury time and Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal side were facing the ignominy of being booed from their Emirates pitch for the second time in this nascent Premier League season.

And then up popped Santi Cazorla to score a controversial spot-kick in the fourth minute of added-on time after referee Bobby Madley judged Jose Fonte to have pulled down Olivier Giroud a decision that left Southampton boss Claude Puel fuming.

Cazorla’s contested penalty sinks Saints

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London (AFP) Santi's Cazorla's controversial stoppage-time penalty gave Arsenal their first home win of the season as they saw off Southampton 2-1 in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

It was a bitter pill for the visitors to swallow, with Southampton still seeking their first win under new manager Claude Puel.

Donnarumma debuts as Ventura begins with France loss

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Milan (AFP) Italy coach Giampiero Ventura handed teenaged AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma his debut but began his reign with a 3-1 defeat to France in Bari on Thursday.

Ventura replaced Antonio Conte last month and pledged to carry on the good work of the current Chelsea manager following the Azzurri's impressive march to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

Giroud hails dogged France after Albania scare

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Marseille (AFP) Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud hailed France's never-say-die attitude after a last-gasp 2-0 win over Albania on Wednesday sent the hosts into the last 16 of Euro 2016.

Giroud missed a few real chances for Les Bleus, notably hitting the base of the upright with a second-half header at a packed Stade Velodrome in Marseille where second-half substitute Antoine Griezmann broke the deadlock in the 90th minute.

Giroud hails dogged France after Albania scare

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Marseille (AFP) Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud hailed France's never-say-die attitude after a last-gasp 2-0 win over Albania on Wednesday sent the hosts into the last 16 of Euro 2016.

Giroud missed a few real chances for Les Bleus, notably hitting the base of the upright with a second-half header at a packed Stade Velodrome in Marseille where second-half substitute Antoine Griezmann broke the deadlock in the 90th minute.

Griezmann, Payet save France blushes against Albania

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Marseille (AFP) Antoine Griezmann struck late on before Dimitri Payet added a second in injury time as hosts France secured their ticket to the last 16 of Euro 2016 with a 2-0 win over Albania on Wednesday.

France began their bid for a first European Championship title in 16 years with a nervous 2-1 win over Romania last Friday.

Griezmann, Payet save France blushes against Albania

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Marseille (AFP) Antoine Griezmann struck late on before Dimitri Payet added a second in injury time as hosts France secured their ticket to the last 16 of Euro 2016 with a 2-0 win over Albania on Wednesday.

France began their bid for a first European Championship title in 16 years with a nervous 2-1 win over Romania last Friday.

Payet stunner rescues France in Euro 2016 opener

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Paris (AFP) Dimitri Payet's stunning 25 metre strike a minute from time got hosts France off to a winning start at Euro 2016 on Friday as they beat Romania 2-1.

Payet was France's standout performer all night. His cross also created the opener for Olivier Giroud before Bogdan Stancu's penalty looked to have handed Romania a point.

Payet stunner rescues France in Euro 2016 opener

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Paris (AFP) Dimitri Payet's stunning 25 metre strike a minute from time got hosts France off to a winning start at Euro 2016 on Friday as they beat Romania 2-1.

Payet was France's standout performer all night. His cross also created the opener for Olivier Giroud before Bogdan Stancu's penalty looked to have handed Romania a point.

France beat Romania 2-1 in European Championship opening football match

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Paris (AFP) Dimitri Payet's long-range goal gave host nation France a 2-1 victory over Romania in the opening match of Euro 2016 on Friday.

Olivier Giroud had opened the scoring at the Stade de France in the 57th minute but Bogdan Stancu had equalised with a penalty after veteran Patrice Evra's foul.

France beat Romania 2-1 in European Championship opening football match

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Paris (AFP) Dimitri Payet's long-range goal gave host nation France a 2-1 victory over Romania in the opening match of Euro 2016 on Friday.

Olivier Giroud had opened the scoring at the Stade de France in the 57th minute but Bogdan Stancu had equalised with a penalty after veteran Patrice Evra's foul.

Payet beats out Martial to France starting spot in Euro

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Paris (AFP) West Ham's mercurial playmaker Dimitri Payet edged out Manchester United's Anthony Martial to start France's Euro 2016 opener against Romania in Paris on Friday.

Payet crowned a series of impressive displays since earning a recall to the French team in March with a stunning last minute free-kick to beat Cameroon 3-2 in Les Bleus' penultimate warm-up game in Nantes 10 days ago.

Payet beats out Martial to France starting spot in Euro

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Paris (AFP) West Ham's mercurial playmaker Dimitri Payet edged out Manchester United's Anthony Martial to start France's Euro 2016 opener against Romania in Paris on Friday.

Payet crowned a series of impressive displays since earning a recall to the French team in March with a stunning last minute free-kick to beat Cameroon 3-2 in Les Bleus' penultimate warm-up game in Nantes 10 days ago.

French team all systems go for Euro 2016

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Metz (France) (AFP) Despite a troubled build-up to Euro 2016 off the field, France showed that they are ready on it by brushing aside Scotland 3-0 in Metz in their last pre-tournament friendly on Saturday.

A brace from Olivier Giroud and a header from his Arsenal colleague Laurent Koscielny, all in the first half, separated the teams at the Stade Saint-Symphorien, and France could have won by a far greater margin.

French team all systems go for Euro 2016

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Metz (France) (AFP) Despite a troubled build-up to Euro 2016 off the field, France showed that they are ready on it by brushing aside Scotland 3-0 in Metz in their last pre-tournament friendly on Saturday.

A brace from Olivier Giroud and a header from his Arsenal colleague Laurent Koscielny, all in the first half, separated the teams at the Stade Saint-Symphorien, and France could have won by a far greater margin.

Giroud double helps France sink Scotland in friendly

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Metz (France) (AFP) Olivier Giroud fired another riposte to his critics with a brace as Euro 2016 hosts France brushed aside Scotland 3-0 in Metz on Saturday in their final friendly ahead of the tournament.

The Arsenal centre-forward was booed by a section of the France support prior to last Monday's 3-2 win against Cameroon but he netted in that game and his brace at the Stade Saint-Symphorien was a further indication that he has what it takes to lead an attack deprived of Karim Benzema.

Giroud double helps France sink Scotland in friendly

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Metz (France) (AFP) Olivier Giroud fired another riposte to his critics with a brace as Euro 2016 hosts France brushed aside Scotland 3-0 in Metz on Saturday in their final friendly ahead of the tournament.

The Arsenal centre-forward was booed by a section of the France support prior to last Monday's 3-2 win against Cameroon but he netted in that game and his brace at the Stade Saint-Symphorien was a further indication that he has what it takes to lead an attack deprived of Karim Benzema.

Giroud double helps France sink Scotland

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Metz (France) (AFP) Olivier Giroud scored twice as France thumped Scotland 3-0 on Saturday in their final warm-up match ahead of next week's Euro 2016 opener against Romania at the Stade de France.

Arsenal striker Giroud cleverly flicked home a Bacary Sagna cross to fire France into an eighth-minute lead in Metz, and he added a second on 35 minutes after David Marshall could only parry a crisp low drive from Dimitri Payet.

Giroud double helps France sink Scotland

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Metz (France) (AFP) Olivier Giroud scored twice as France thumped Scotland 3-0 on Saturday in their final warm-up match ahead of next week's Euro 2016 opener against Romania at the Stade de France.

Arsenal striker Giroud cleverly flicked home a Bacary Sagna cross to fire France into an eighth-minute lead in Metz, and he added a second on 35 minutes after David Marshall could only parry a crisp low drive from Dimitri Payet.

Midfielder Matuidi tells French fans to lay off Giroud

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Neustift (Austria) (AFP) France midfielder Blaise Matuidi pleaded with fans on Wednesday to stop jeering his international team-mate Olivier Giroud.

Some fans whistled and booed when Giroud's name was read out before Monday's 3-2 pre-Euro 2016 friendly victory over Cameroon in Nantes.

"I spoke with him after the victory over Cameroon.

Midfielder Matuidi tells French fans to lay off Giroud

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Neustift (Austria) (AFP) France midfielder Blaise Matuidi pleaded with fans on Wednesday to stop jeering his international team-mate Olivier Giroud.

Some fans whistled and booed when Giroud's name was read out before Monday's 3-2 pre-Euro 2016 friendly victory over Cameroon in Nantes.

"I spoke with him after the victory over Cameroon.

France coach Deschamps condemns Giroud boos

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Neustift (Austria) (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps on Tuesday hit out at supporters who booed striker Olivier Giroud during the Euro 2016 hosts' 3-2 friendly win against Cameroon in Nantes on Monday.

"It is certainly a minority and it is really unfair," said Deschamps after the Arsenal striker, 29, was whistled by a section of the home crowd when the teams were announced but scored his country's second goal during the match at the Stade de la Beaujoire.

France coach Deschamps condemns Giroud boos

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Neustift (Austria) (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps on Tuesday hit out at supporters who booed striker Olivier Giroud during the Euro 2016 hosts' 3-2 friendly win against Cameroon in Nantes on Monday.

"It is certainly a minority and it is really unfair," said Deschamps after the Arsenal striker, 29, was whistled by a section of the home crowd when the teams were announced but scored his country's second goal during the match at the Stade de la Beaujoire.

Payet helps Euro hosts France past Cameroon

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Nantes (France) (AFP) West Ham's Dimitri Payet scored a last-gasp wonder free-kick to help Euro 2016 hosts France snatch a dramatic 3-2 victory over Cameroon on Monday.

The attacking midfielder stepped up on the stroke of regulation time to curl a magnificent free-kick past Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa.

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Euro 2016 top scorer odds: Who will win the Golden Boot? 11 favourites, four outsiders

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Lights out at midnight for Les Bleus ahead of Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) French coach Didier Deschamps has imposed a lights out at midnight regime in the team base as he prepares his players to launch the European Championship finals on Friday, according to striker Olivier Giroud.

"He (Deschamps) doesn't want any music after midnight so the players have to leave the games room," Giroud told Europe 1 radio on Tuesday, three days ahead of the opening match against Romania in Paris.

Lights out at midnight for Les Bleus ahead of Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) French coach Didier Deschamps has imposed a lights out at midnight regime in the team base as he prepares his players to launch the European Championship finals on Friday, according to striker Olivier Giroud.

"He (Deschamps) doesn't want any music after midnight so the players have to leave the games room," Giroud told Europe 1 radio on Tuesday, three days ahead of the opening match against Romania in Paris.

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Anthony Martial, Dimitri Payet and Olivier Giroud start for France vs Albania

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