Olivier Giroud to Arsenal Rumors Really Starting To Pickup Steam

Posted: June 19, 2012 in Arsenal
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Well, the transfer has been floating around Twitter & various news outlets for the last couple of weeks but Olivier Giroud‘s transfer to Arsenal is sounding more & more like a done deal with each passing day.  This article out of Lebanon claims Arsenal is set to announce the signing officially following the Euros.  Not sure what waiting would do other than Arsenal & Arsène Wenger are notoriously cagey when it comes to signings, so, there you go.  However, ESPN & the Daily Mail are also reporting the deal is close to being done, so, the transfer is beyond the English press “Player A to Club!” rumor mill stage.

Giroud doesn’t have a snappy dance tune about him like Lukas Podolski does, at least not that I know of, but he did just help Montpellier to a  Ligue 1 championship last season as well as being league’s leading goalscorer with 21 goals.  He actually was level on goals with PSG’s Nenê but was awarded topscorer honors by having more goals from open play.  Huzzah!

Giroud definitely seems to have a decent goalscoring record in his career & Arsenal could certainly use another finisher outside of Robin van Persie & the recently signed Lukas Podolski.

Giroud’s career league appearance & goals record:

Grenoble 2005/06:   6 appearances, 0 goals
Grenoble 2006/07:   17 appearances, 2 goals
Istres 2007/08:   33 appearances, 14 goals
Tours 2008/09:   23 appearances, 9 goals
Tours 2009/10:   38 appearances, 21 goals
Montpellier 2010/11:   37 appearances, 12 goals
Montpellier 2011/12:   36 appearances, 21 goals
CAREER TOTALS:   190 appearances, 79 goals

HONORS
Club

Montpellier

  • Ligue 1 (1): 2011–12

Individual

  • UNFP Ligue 1 Team of the Year (1): 2011–12
  • Ligue 1 Top Goalscorer (1): 2011–12
  • UNFP Ligue 2 Player of the Year (1): 2009–10
  • UNFP Ligue 2 Team of the Year (1): 2009–10
  • Ligue 2 UNFP Player of the Month (2): September 2009, November 2009
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