Olivier Giroud

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Another striker signing? It’s a no-go

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Morning, and welcome to a brand new week of pre-season.

It's fairly quiet but there's an interesting quote from Arsene Wenger which, although it appears in the rather unreliable Express, is apparently accurate. My podcasting colleague Gunnerblog was at the press conference on Saturday and part of what was said was embargoed and only emerged overnight.

Arsenal’s delighted kangaroo stars for France

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So, Costa Rica eh? I have to admit I'm somewhat aggrieved by the scoreline yesterday, mostly because I got a €20 free bet and put it on Joel Campbell to be first goalscorer at 10/1.

I don't know if he would have taken the penalty he should have been awarded, but if Chiellini hadn't fouled him and he'd been allowed continue his run, I suspect he'd have scored.

Arsenal

THREE REASONS why Arsenal’s Giroud WILL improve this season

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Giroud has to improve next season by KJ Giroud has had two good seasons with Arsenal but he will need to improve next season and I expect him to. Here's why: 1. He is fully adjusted to the league now. It is always difficult for a new player in the Premier League, especially when you [...]

France v Germany: Time for the European giants to hit top form… or go home!

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Francev Germany: Time for the European giants to hit top form... or go home! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Germany entered the World Cupas the favorites for many, and France also had a huge following of support for their exciting prospects this time around, defying the doubters after failing so miserably in South Africa.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud haunted by Chelsea misses

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Arsenal star Olivier Giroud has revealed he still thinks about chances he missed against rivals Chelsea and said he is keen to improve for...

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Arsenal Star Reveals Arsene Wenger’s Summer Transfer Plan

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Arsenal Star Reveals Arsene Wenger's Summer Transfer Plan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Olivier Giroud has revealed that Arsenal will sign a striker in the summer transfer window.

Apart from Giroud, the Gunners have the services of Yaya Sanogo as the only other striker in the squad as Nicklas Bendtner is set to leave the Emirates as a free agent once his contract expires on June 30.

Giroud confirms a new striker is on the way + stuff

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First headline I saw this morning was:

Arsenal lure Jackson.

And I thought, 'Awesome, we are signing Action Jackson'. Carl Weathers in an Arsenal shirt, bringing something new to that midfield mix. Add a Wilshere, a little Ozil, and you got yourself a stew, baby. Then it turned out it was Jackson Martinez, the Colombian who plays for Porto.

France World Cup hopes – Squad unity polar opposite of 2010 debacle

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France World Cup hopes Squad unity polar opposite of 2010 debacle - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

France finalized their World Cup warm-up with an 8 goal trouncing of minnows Jamaica, with goals coming from 5 different goalscorers, boosting morale ahead of their travels to Brazil.

The first goal against Jamaica came from recent Paris Saint-Germain acquisition, Yohan Cabaye, whomoved back to his home country after 3 years in the north of England, playing in the Premier League for Newcastle United.

Koscielny Tells Wenger We Need FOUR New Signings

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny says that Arsene Wenger need to bus at least four players, including a top-class striker, if the Gunners are to compete for the title next season.

"We'll need a goalkeeper, a right back, a midfielder and a striker," said Koscielny at France's pre-World Cup training camp.

Arsenal Star Questions Arsene Wenger’s Philosophy

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Arsenal Star Questions Arsene Wenger's Philosophy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has raised questions over Arsene Wenger's approach and philosophy when the Gunners face big teams.

The North London club suffered heavy defeats at the hands of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool away from home during the 2013-14 season.

Arsenal striker ready to shine at World Cup Finals

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Arsenal striker ready to shine at World Cup Finals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following on from a successful season for the Gunners and right on the back of being selected in the Premier League Team of the Season, Giroud hasbegan France's 3 game warm up for the World Cup in style, with 2 goals in their 4-0 defeatof Norway today.

PHOTO: Olivier Giroud celebrates goal with Arsenal target Loic Remy

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PHOTO: Olivier Giroud celebrates goal with Arsenal target Loic Remy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

France thrashedNorway 4-0 in last night's pre-World Cup friendly at the Stade de France, with Arsenal Olivier Giroud bagging two decent goals. Gunners fans watching the match would have been impressed by the 27-year-old'sperformance, but most attention would have been afforded to substitute Loic Remy, the QPR striker, who scored the thirdgoal of the night, with rumours linking him with a summer move to the Emirates refusing to die down.

How bad was Giroud?

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During the season, many people expressed... disappointment... over the performance of Olivier Giroud. Now that the season is over, this seems like a good topic for a poll.

Everyone knows the Liverpool duo, Suarez and Sturridge, head the Premier League Top Scorers list. How poor was Arsenal's main, and virtually sole central forward, as compared to the remaining big names in the league?

How bad was Giroud?

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During the season, many people expressed... disappointment... over the performance of Olivier Giroud. Now that the season is over, this seems like a good topic for a poll.

Everyone knows the Liverpool duo, Suarez and Sturridge, head the Premier League Top Scorers list. How poor was Arsenal's main, and virtually sole central forward, as compared to the remaining big names in the league?

Lazy Sunday Afternoon ……………

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With fourth spot cemented one wondered if Arsene would put out a strong team or rest a few players. In hindsight I was glad that he picked the strongest team available even though this was a dead rubber, yet it was blatantly clear how much we miss Ramsey.

Another three points gained, stretching our sequence to four wins on the bounce but as a performance, it was pretty flat.

Lazy Sunday Afternoon ……………

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With fourth spot cemented one wondered if Arsene would put out a strong team or rest a few players. In hindsight I was glad that he picked the strongest team available even though this was a dead rubber, yet it was blatantly clear how much we miss Ramsey.

Another three points gained, stretching our sequence to four wins on the bounce but as a performance, it was pretty flat.

Newcastle Lose 3-0 To Arsenal – Sixth Defeat In A Row

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As expected, Newcastle lost at the Emirates tonight by a score of 3-0 to the Gunners, with goals from Laurent Koscielny (26), Mesut Ozil (42) and Olivier Giroud (65), and quite simply we were no match for Arsenal, as the disastrous second half of the season continues unabated, and but for some good saves by [.

We MUST buy a lethal striker?

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Heard that before? I think we all agree there is a need but this post will investigate a little deeper.

Let's look at the problem. We have been over-reliant on Giroud, little argument there but why have we been so reliant upon the Frenchman? Because our other strikers have been not performed this season?

We MUST buy a lethal striker?

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Heard that before? I think we all agree there is a need but this post will investigate a little deeper.

Let's look at the problem. We have been over-reliant on Giroud, little argument there but why have we been so reliant upon the Frenchman? Because our other strikers have been not performed this season?

3 goals, 3 points and we are back on track.

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Arsenal fans always seem to find a whipping boyjust now it's Arteta and of course Giroud, but I will come back to that in a moment.

There is no such thing as an easy game in the PL (ask Chelsea) and confidence seemed to be coming back after the midweek win against West Ham so expectations were high for our visit to Hull, especially with the return of Koscienly, Ozil and Ramsey.

3 goals, 3 points and we are back on track.

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Arsenal fans always seem to find a whipping boyjust now it's Arteta and of course Giroud, but I will come back to that in a moment.

There is no such thing as an easy game in the PL (ask Chelsea) and confidence seemed to be coming back after the midweek win against West Ham so expectations were high for our visit to Hull, especially with the return of Koscienly, Ozil and Ramsey.

Why you should ignore the all the Koscielny stories

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It's a very quiet one this morning and given it's a bank holiday weekend, I'm not going to hunt high and low, like a common Morten Harket, for Arsenal news.

There are a few bits, however, and we can start with a headline in the Mirror which might give cause for alarm Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny vows transfer situation will be settled before World Cup.

Why Arsenal Must Keep Faith With Lukas Podolski

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Why Arsenal Must Keep Faith With Lukas Podolski - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Lukas Podolski is the an intriguing piece in the Arsenal puzzle as they fight towards Champions League football next season.

He is concurrently the Gunner's most potent offensive threat and biggest defensive liability.

Why Olivier Giroud is not good enough to lead Arsenal’s line next season

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Olivier Giroud's performance against West Ham this week summarised the limitations of his abilities as a lead striker. The French forward missed a...

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Olivier Giroud Continues to Show His Worth to Arsenal But Does He Get the Credit He Deserves?

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The curious case of Olivier Giroud is one which has intrigued followers of English football both on the inside and outside of Arsenal Football Club for the past two seasons. The Frenchman has scored twenty goals in all competitions this season and is the club's leading goalscorer. However there is still great doubt as to whether or not he should be leading the line for the Gunners as we approach his third season with the club.

Wham Bang, thank you Arsenal.

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What I want to know is this: exactly what happened in the dressing room at half time? Any ideas? Was it even legal?

The first half was one of those end of season games between two mid-table sides with nothing to play for. Only it shouldn't have been. Sure, the odd bit of skill here and there, but generally looking more like twenty two footballers who had never met before.

Wham Bang, thank you Arsenal.

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What I want to know is this: exactly what happened in the dressing room at half time? Any ideas? Was it even legal?

The first half was one of those end of season games between two mid-table sides with nothing to play for. Only it shouldn't have been. Sure, the odd bit of skill here and there, but generally looking more like twenty two footballers who had never met before.

France

Analysis: Why Olivier Giroud should be dropped for the France vs Germany game

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Analysis: Why Olivier Giroud should be dropped for the France vs Germany game - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Of all the four quarter-final clashes, the one steeped in tradition,history, rivalry and star players, is the one taking place at the historical Maracana. Two of the traditional European power houses, France & Germany clash, in what will prove to be an enthralling encounter.

French Stars Pogba, Cabaye and Giroud Practice Scoring From Behind the Goal Posts?

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The French World Cup squad had a relaxed training session ahead of their quarter-final clash with Germany tomorrow as Olivier Giroud, Paul Pogba, Yohan Cabaye and co had a game of scoring from behind the goal posts!

Let's hope their a little more composed when in front of the posts tomorrow or else it will be bye bye Brazil!

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Alexander Dominguez

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By DAN KARELL

France failed to score on Wednesday for the first time at the 2014 World Cup, but it wasn't for a lack of trying.

During France's scoreless draw with Ecuador, Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez practically stood on his head to preserve a clean sheet, making nine saves and denying Olivier Giroud, Karim Benzema, and Antoine Griezmann from clear goalscoring opportunities.

Switzerland 2-5 France: Les Blues Make Major Statement; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Salvador has played host to some of the tournament's most exciting games, so a lot was expected before the meeting of these European neighbors and it didn't disappoint particularly if you were of a French disposition. France dominated the early proceedings with Benzema shooting narrowly wide on five minutes.

Free-Scoring France Pound Switzerland 5-2

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After France's 3-0 demolition of Honduras, there were questions about whether this France team would be able to win as comfortably against a more experienced opponent. In an impressive display of attacking dominance, France have silenced critics with their 5-2 victory over Switzerland.

France coach Didier Deschamps has shown that not only does his side not require the talents of Franck Ribery to be victorious, but that they can do it in a variety of formations.

Switzerland 2-5 France: Swiss comeback not enough to prevent French rout

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Switzerland 2-5 France: Swiss comeback not enough to prevent French rout - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Les Bleus tore Switzerland to shreds for the majority of this game, hitting them with five goals and so nearly made it six, only to be denied by the clock. Didier Deschamps' menwere unstoppable today, as they continue their magnificent turnaround from South Africa's disaster.

France v Honduras Preview: France again in midst of controversy at World Cup finals

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France v Honduras Preview: France again in midst of controversy at World Cup finals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

1998 World Champions and 2006 Runners up, France, take on Central Americans Honduras in Porto Alegre at 1pm local time in Brazil tomorrow. France go into the game riding on the crest of a wave of squad solidarity after an exceptional performance and result last week when they demolished Jamaica 8-0.

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Second Teams: France

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Guest writer Antoine Hoppenot joins PSP's Second Teams series by telling you exactly why France is the second team you should follow and cheer for after the U.S. in the World Cup.

Arsenal 1-0 West Brom: It’s bye to Bac

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Everton's defeat to Man City on Saturday meant that this game was something of a dead rubber, and that was reflected in the performance.

With nothing at stake, it would be foolish for anyone to do anything risky ahead of a cup final (although that didn't stop Olivier Giroud getting involved in a late scuffle with some West Brom chap).

Columnists

Tactics column: Norwich typical + some player analysis

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To borrow from the overused cliché, there are three things certain in life: death, taxes and an Arsenal collapse. It was all that was keeping their rivals in check, however, and since Arsenal's collapse from the top of the table in March, consistency gave away to unpredictability and it was anything goes after that.

Tactics column: On the Newcastle win

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Over time, it's become accepted that way to prevent the world's best player, Lionel Messi, from wreaking havoc is not to stop him – although there have been concerted efforts to man-mark him – but to cut off his supply line. That's seen opponents deploy a number of subtly different approaches: press up the pitch to prevent the centre-backs passing the ball into midfield; defend deep in front of your own box to limit the space in between the lines; or push up to compress space in the middle.

The Rest

Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle: Ozil shines in comfortable win

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After a season in which most games have been a struggle, in one way or another, I could get very used to occasions last night when the opposition turned up, but only physically. And even then, just barely.

It was apparent from the start that Newcastle were there to go through the motions, and that's about it.

Calamity Olivier Giroud Miss v Hull City

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Sorry if the headline is a little mis-leading given the fact it was also Hull keeper Steve Harper's calamity which lead to this fluffed chance from Olivier Giroud who hit the crossbar when it looked easier to score however the Frenchman can be forgiven this one miss at least as they recorded a comfortable 3-0 win at the KC Stadium.