Arsenal fan favourite set to make big decision on his future

Arsenal superstar Olivier Giroud is believed to be on the verge of putting pen to paper on a new contract at the Emirates Stadium.

The Frenchman was quoted telling Telefoot: “We are about to reach an agreement for an extension [to my contract]. It was also a gesture of confidence, I want to continue the adventure here in this family of Arsenal. I feel good here.” Continue reading

FA Cup: Giroud wins it late on again for Arsenal

The late late show staring Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was once again running on Saturday evening as the 30 year old Frenchman popped up in the 89th minute to latch on to Lucas Perez’s backheel to send Arsenal through to the fourth round of the FA Cup, courtesy of a 2-1 win away to Preston North End.

Arsenal were very lucky to still be in the match at half time having been run ragged by a hungrier and more determined Preston North End side that really should have been three goals ahead at the interval after completely dominating the first half and missing a clutch of chances to add to their seventh minute lead. Continue reading

Wenger: “We refused to lose the game”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praised his side’s battling qualities, mental strength and refusal to give up while complaining about pretty much everything else after the Gunners overturned a 3-0 deficit in the last 20 minutes of their game against Bournemouth to leave Dean Court with a share of the spoils.

Wenger said about his team after the game, “It was a physical and mental test – they started much faster but we showed we are mentally strong. At 3-0 down after 70 minutes you’d take a point, but in the end we were frustrated not to win the game.” Continue reading

Olivier Giroud: “I’m pleased… but I’m still disappointed”

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored a goal and grabbed two assists as he led the Gunners’ fightback against Bournemouth from 3-0 down to steal a point at the Vitality Stadium after a truly awful first hour from the Gunners saw them concede some terrible goals.

Giroud was satisfied with his performance and the comeback, but disappointed with the 2 points still dropped as the Gunners lost vital ground on Chelsea in the Premier League title race, whilst also failing to close the gap sufficiently on Liverpool and Manchester City ahead of them. Continue reading

Arsenal mount terrific fightback to come from 3-0 down to grab a point at Bournemouth

A stirring comeback from Arsenal saw the Gunners wipe out a 3-0 deficit in the last 20 minutes after playing some awful football for the better part of the match, to pick up a point from their trip away to Bournemouth.

Goals from Charlie Daniels and Ryan Fraser either side of a Callum Wilson penalty had given Bournemouth a 3-0 lead before the hour mark, but Arsenal fought back with goals of their own from Alexis Sanchez and Lucas Perez before Bournemouth were reduced to 10-men with Captain Simon Francis sent off for a foul on Aaron Ramsey. Continue reading

Olivier Giroud: “I was a bit lucky”

Olivier Giroud was left praising his lucky stars after the Frenchman scored what was easily the greatest goal of his career, one that generations of Arsenal fans will talk about for centuries.

The French striker produced a Scorpion Kick finish, flicking Alexis Sanchez’s cross with the back of his boot, all the while facing the goal, ala Henrikh Mkhitariyan on Boxing Day. What made Giroud’s strike considerably better was that he was onside when he did it! Continue reading

Iwobi thrilled to have used his head

While all the limelight in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace will be stolen by Olivier Giroud’s wonder strike, Alex Iwobi will remember his excellent start to the year, having played a part in setting up Giroud’s goal, whilst also getting on the scoresheet himself to make a perfect start to the New Year.

Looking back at Giroud’s excellent strike, Iwobi shared in his post match interview, “That was great team play and for Oli to pull that out – I don’t think if he tried that again he could do that! It was a credit to him and it was a great ball from Alexis and a great team goal.” Continue reading

Arsene Wenger: “I have been spoilt with great strikers”

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger went gaga over Olivier Giroud’s scorpion kick goal today that put the Gunners 1-0 ahead against Crystal Palace, a game they went on to win rather comfortably.

Speaking about the quality of the move and finish, a delighted Wenger said, “What is great for us is that it was at the end of a strong move and after that it is down to reflex. It is not impossible to score but you must have reflex. The cross doesn’t come in ideally and you have to do something special and that is what Olivier did.” Continue reading