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Who would've thought it?
Posted by: Shane (IP Logged)
Date: 28 September, 2017 22:10

I remember the precise moment I fell in love with Giroud.

It was Stoke City away in 2012, his second game for Arsenal. His first didn't exactly go well, having missed a stone-cold sitter against Sunderland the previous week, and this one wasn't going well either: he was ­still missing chances, trying to score scissor kicks, misplacing passes, physically obstructing his own team-mates by getting in the way.

If I remember right, it was the mare of all mares, the type of performance which can cause confidence levels to plummet and set an ominous tone for the rest of their career at the club. With that in mind, you could forgive Giroud if he kept things simple for the rest of the game, not do anything too stupid.

What does he do? With the angle against him, and the distance against him, Giroud tries to lob Begovic from about 40 yards, on 89 minutes when the score is 0-0. To his right, Ramsey is racing forward into an acre of space and a simple pass would've released him for what would've been a one-on-one. To his credit, it landed on the roof of the net I think, though ignoring Ramsey's run was still inexplicable.

We don't know any Arsenal players personally, but sometimes they offer huge glimpses into their character, what they're about, and that was a major insight into not only Giroud's self belief and confidence, but his ability because it was a fine effort, albeit the wrong decision.

As we know, the big man became a Centurion for Arsenal tonight, scoring 100 goals, and I hope you'll join me in toasting to his success. Looking back, it was never in doubt that he'd reach this milestone.

Re: Who would've thought it?
Posted by: Merlion96 (IP Logged)
Date: 28 September, 2017 22:37

For £12 million, he is one of Wenger’s more successful signings of the past decade. (Sm152)

Re: Who would've thought it?
Posted by: Merlion96 (IP Logged)
Date: 28 September, 2017 23:02

Giroud-Lacazette is reminisces of old fashioned 1970s/1980s 4-4-2 like:
- Nottingham Forest - Jones-Clarke
- Wolves - Droog-Brian Little
- Liverpool - Ian Rush-Dagish or Ian Rush-Keegan

- Stepleton-Sunderland?
- Van Persie-Eduardo

Both are different player.
Giroud the old-fashioned battling ram that can hold up the ball with his back to goal, wins knock-downs in the box and tearing holes in the defence for a predator to run in.

Lacazette is our missing sniffer, that fox-in-the-box that instinctive run into goal-scoring position in a flash.

Pity that Giroud one-two play on the ground and his short passes are awful.

Ideally, it will Giroud as Lone Striker with a No. 10 (Ramsey or Wilshere) and Lacazette behind him in 4-3-3.

But we cannot afford to have 3 forwards not tracking back to put in a defensive shift. But that is what the "2" behind them - Elneny-Xhaka - must do - defensice duties, cut-off passes and win the balls for Forward-3.

Re: Who would've thought it?
Posted by: Boston Gooner (IP Logged)
Date: 28 September, 2017 23:43

Still shouldn't start league games .



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Re: Who would've thought it?
Posted by: Shane (IP Logged)
Date: 29 September, 2017 00:09

He doesn't.

Re: Who would've thought it?
Posted by: PKGooner (IP Logged)
Date: 29 September, 2017 01:08

I like him.

Re: Who would've thought it?
Posted by: CazOnARola (IP Logged)
Date: 29 September, 2017 04:01

Love his attitude. Throughout his time here. He's one player you could seldom if ever felt for effort and commitment. Still remember the season he played almost every single game and managed to stay fit

Re: Who would've thought it?
Posted by: Bergmars (IP Logged)
Date: 29 September, 2017 05:55

Brian Little was at Villa it was Dougan and John Richards



DB10,the best.

Re: Who would've thought it?
Posted by: Bergmars (IP Logged)
Date: 29 September, 2017 05:56

Sorry congratulations to Olivier



DB10,the best.

Re: Who would've thought it?
Posted by: Flava (IP Logged)
Date: 29 September, 2017 07:16

He's done very well, I like him too. Probably for different reasons to Shane and it exposes my marriage for the sham it is.

Re: Who would've thought it?
Posted by: Padre Pio (IP Logged)
Date: 29 September, 2017 08:15

Congrats Giroud on joining the exalted company of the Centurions.
Football is a squad game now and he is great Squad asset



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

Re: Who would've thought it?
Posted by: MattySadler (IP Logged)
Date: 29 September, 2017 09:47

Yeah big shout out from me as well. 100 Arsenal goals is an excellent achievement, especially considering how much criticism he has got over the years. I'm glad we still have him.

He never hides, he always responds to criticism, he scores in big games, he rarely gets injured, he's consistent, and he's also really, really, ridiculously good looking.

Re: Who would've thought it?
Posted by: BootyDaddy (IP Logged)
Date: 29 September, 2017 10:19

Giroud isn’t far off a 1 in 2 goal return ratio (better than 1 in 3 anyway), which proves what a good player he actually is despite all the criticism. I think the problem with him is the other game(s) he doesn’t score in he tends to poorly, misses sitters et and stands there with that silly grin of his instead which is infuriating when you need a goal.

He just isn’t good or consistent enough to be a top top player, but as far as backup strikers go (which is what he is now), you won’t get many better in any team in the world. He’s a very good option to have in any squad in my opinion.



Albert Einstein once said: "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

Re: Who would've thought it?
Posted by: Padre Pio (IP Logged)
Date: 29 September, 2017 11:42

Against Monaco for example



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

Re: Who would've thought it?
Posted by: Jonny Bravo (IP Logged)
Date: 29 September, 2017 13:28

Not as good as we needed him to be, but has done very well with the skill set he offers.

Re: Who would've thought it?
Posted by: dvno (IP Logged)
Date: 29 September, 2017 14:18

It took me quite some time for me to come to the realization that he's my favorite arsenal player. Its just too bad that because he's a very impactful sub at best, he'll likely be sold after I buy a shirt with his name/number on the back.

Same thing happened with Nasri sad smiley

Re: Who would've thought it?
Posted by: BootyDaddy (IP Logged)
Date: 29 September, 2017 14:23

In that case can you buy a Welbeck shirt as well please?



Albert Einstein once said: "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

Re: Who would've thought it?
Posted by: Shane (IP Logged)
Date: 29 September, 2017 16:02

Best goal? Plenty of candidates, but I love this. His touch was a thing of beauty.




Re: Who would've thought it?
Posted by: Goofle (IP Logged)
Date: 29 September, 2017 17:13

I suppose I can't blame Giroud for Wenger not signing a top class striker since RVP left. But he's been a generally average performer and a severely frustrating player for years.

I love his attitude though, and he is very good at some things which can be valuable. Prefer him to Lacazett.

Re: Who would've thought it?
Posted by: Shane (IP Logged)
Date: 29 September, 2017 17:17

Even Merlion contributed to the thread without ruining it - although not for the want of trying it must be said - so no excuse for you I'm afraid. Park that negativity.

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