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Olivier Giroud

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Birthdate:  September 30, 1986    Birthplace:  Chambery, France    Nationality:  France    Height:  6' 3"    Weight:  194 lbs    

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Giroud scored a header on a set piece during Arsenal's 2-0 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Giroud took a free kick from Santi Cazorla, who scored from the penalty spot earlier in the game, and headed it in for his sixth goal in 11 appearances this season. As long as he is fully fit, Giroud will continue to lead the line for the Gunners, even when Danny Welbeck returns from his thigh injury.

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Olivier Giroud: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

January 9, 2015

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Giroud is available to face Stoke City on Sunday after serving a three-match ban for picking up a straight red card against QPR on Boxing Day.

With Danny Welbeck sidelined with a thigh injury, Giroud is likely to slot back into the starting XI against a Stoke side that has allowed 12 goals in 11 road matches this season.

December 27, 2014

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Giroud was given a straight red card during Friday's match against QPR and he will miss the next two Premier League matches.

Giroud will now miss the next three matches, allowing him to be eligible to return Jan. 11 against Stoke City.

December 21, 2014

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Giroud took three shots, with his one on goal finding the back of the net during Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

Giroud now has three goals in the last two games, as he continues to find himself in excellent position to score near the six-yard box. Up next is a Boxing Day fixture against a leaky QPR side before traveling to face West Ham next Sunday.

December 13, 2014

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Giroud scored twice in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Newcastle United.

Arsenal being Arsenal, its first three goals (including Giroud's brace) were suitable for framing. Giroud's gorgeous header started the scoring in the 15th minute, and he showed nifty timing and skill on a conversion at the right post in the 58th minute. It's encouraging to see Giroud starting to feel comfortable with his mates again; while he's no longer the primary scoring threat on the Gunners now that Alexis Sanchez is around, he's still capable of making a push for 10 or more tallies, health permitting.

November 20, 2014

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Giroud (leg) will be available to play in Saturday's match against Manchester United.

Giroud suffered a broken tibia back in August and was initially expected to be sidelined until 2015, but the Frenchman has beaten his return timetable by a considerable distance. After building his fitness over the recent international break, Giroud will be available for selection come Saturday, when Manchester United visits Arsenal. Although Giroud is unlikely to start right away, it should be worthwhile to monitor how Gunners' gaffer Arsene Wenger incorporates Giroud into his team, since fellow strikers Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez strived in central positions while Giroud was out.

November 18, 2014

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Giroud (leg) is targeting a return on Nov. 29 against West Brom, the Telegraph reports.

Giroud was initially expected to be sidelined until 2015, but he returned to first-team training well ahead of schedule, and now looks poised to return after missing two more matches (Saturday against Manchester United and next Wednesday against Borussia Dortmund). Given manager Arsene Wenger's reluctance to start players in their first games back after extending absences, Giroud will likely be used as a substitute for a few games while Danny Welbeck continues to start up front.

November 13, 2014

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Giroud (leg) is back in training for Arsenal, though it is still unclear how extensive the workouts are during the international break.

Giroud was expected to be out until 2015 due to the broken tibia he suffered back in August, but with his return to training, it appears possible that he could get back on the pitch before the condensed holiday period. However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has shown a penchant for bringing injured players back slowly, so it could be a while before Giroud gets his starting job back from Danny Welbeck.