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Olivier Giroud

28-Year-Old Forward     Arsenal  Premier


STATUS:  Out   INJURY:  Leg    EST. RETURN:  December 2014
Birthdate:  September 30, 1986    Birthplace:  Chambery, France
Nationality:  France    Height:  6' 3"    Weight:  194 lbs    

August 27, 2014    Olivier Giroud News

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Giroud (leg) suffered a broken left tibia and has been ruled out for up to four months, BBC Sport reports.

Giroud, who underwent surgery Wednesday, was injured in the dying minutes of Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Everton on Saturday. It's a massive blow for the Gunners, who will now have to rely on the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Yaya Sanogo, Joel Campbell and Lukas Podolski to fill the void in attack.

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August 26, 2014

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Giroud will visit with a specialist Wednesday to determine the extent of his ankle injury, but the club fears he could be out for a considerable amount of time, The Guardian reports.

Giroud suffered the injury last Saturday against Everton and he has already been ruled out for Wednesday's Champions League match against Besiktas. Yaya Sanogo could start in his place, although Lukas Podolski could also get a turn, in addition to Alexis Sanchez, who started up top Saturday before Giroud replaced him at halftime.

August 26, 2014

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Giroud has been ruled out of Wednesday's Champions League match against Besiktas due to the ankle injury he suffered at the end of Arsenal's Premier League match against Everton on Saturday.

Giroud scored in the match, but had his ankle stepped on by Everton defender Sylvain Distin near the final whistle. Giroud walked off the pitch without his boot on, and he is certainly considered questionable to face Leicester City on Sunday.

August 24, 2014

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Giroud suffered an ankle injury during the final moments of Arsenal's draw at Everton on Saturday and could now miss the second leg of the Gunners' Champions League qualifier against Besiktas on Wednesday, Sky Sports reports.

Giroud made a huge impact in the second half of Saturday's match, scoring a 90th-minute equalizer to earn Arsenal a valuable point at Goodison Park. However, after doing so, Giroud endured an ankle injury that has cast doubt over his availability for Wednesday's all-important Champions League tie. Speaking on Giroud's condition, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said, "In the final minute he stretched his ankle. At the moment it doesn't look too good."

August 23, 2014

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Giroud was introduced following half-time of Arsenal's match at Everton on Saturday, when the Frenchman scored a 90th minute header to secure a 2-2 draw.

Giroud, who is still working toward full fitness, was left on the bench to begin Saturday's match. However, in light of a lackluster first 45 minutes, the Frenchman was brought on to open the second half and made an immediate impact. Although he slashed an early shot attempt over the bar from close range, Giroud finished the match with five shots, including two on goal. His 90th minute equalizer came from a well-placed header that could earn Giroud his first Premiership start next weekend at Leicester City, if a late ankle ailment suffered Saturday doesn't prove too bothersome.

August 18, 2014

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Giroud didn't start in Saturday's victory over Crystal Palace, though he was introduced in the 62nd minute.

Giroud had a pedestrian run in the final third of the match (one off-target shot, no fouls drawn), after Yaya Sanogo did little with the first 62 minutes. The Gunners have outstanding depth as the season begins, which means Giroud will probably be asked to do less this season.

August 10, 2014

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Giroud came on in the second half and scored a terrific goal in Sunday's Community Shield victory over Manchester City.

Yaya Sanogo started over Giroud but lasted only 45 minutes before Arsene Wenger decided to switch things up. It's going to be interesting to see how the playing time up front is distributed for Arsenal this season following Sanogo's emergence and the addition of Alexis Sanchez. Either way, Giroud has shown he can get it done in the Premier League, having scored 16 goals with eight assists in 36 matches last season.

August 4, 2014

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Giroud admitted he is struggling for fitness after playing in five World Cup matches for France, but he is attempting to be ready for the Community Shield against Manchester City on Saturday, The Guardian reports.

With Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell both playing well, it's possible that Giroud could lose some playing time early in the season as he works his way back to full fitness. However, he isn't expected to be limited for long and he'll be Arsenal's central striker this season.