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Giroud Happy To Get Off The Mark

Arsenal`s French striker, Olivier Giroud bagged his first goal of the Premier League campaign at Upton Park on Saturday, sparking a quite beautiful comeback that saw The Gunners emerge victorious 3 goals to 1.

Giroud had previously spoken about his nerves in front of goal that caused him to freeze and fluff his lines on more than one occasion. However after breaking his duck in the league cup vs. Coventry, it didn`t take too much longer to get off the mark in the league (scoring his first league goal in less time than Thierry Henry).

Needless to say, the man was relieved.

"I`m very happy to have scored and that we won," Giroud told Arsenal Player. "It was a difficult game against a very good team, who play well at home. We were better in the second half and [were able] to play through their lines. I think we finished the game better."

"I feel relieved now. It was very important for me to score in the Premier League, to keep going and start my adventure here with Arsenal."

"We had a bad one against Chelsea last week, it was important to go in front and to win [against West Ham].

"We`ll keep going and stay confident for the future. I think we have a very interesting role in this championship."

I`d seen/heard small pockets of Arsenal fans saying that Giroud has become the new Chamakh, with one or two wondering if he should be sold. But that`s utter crap.

Forgetting the earlier stat that Olivier didn`t even take as long as the legendary Thierry Henry to register his first league goal, Giroud has been exemplary in the early stages of his Arsenal career.

In his short time in North London he has scored 2 goals and gained 4 assists, which makes him currently top of the assist charts, and when you consider this side has Santi Cazorla in it, it would be massively unfair to discredit Giroud`s work ethic and what he brings to the team.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 9 2012

Time: 11:07AM

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He's looked like quality from day one; holding the ball, laying it off for the assists you mentioned, working hard, and his movement is fantastic - even goals that have been scored without him directly assisting, you can see his run pulling defenders out of position. very pleased.
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09/10/2012 12:12:00

Agreed. He couldn't be any further removed from Chamakh. Giroud has also been unfortunate infront of goal. Some great saves and blocks ... yet many people choose to focus the two obvious misses he made. Giroud is a great player, I think he'll score lots of goals for us this season.
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09/10/2012 12:20:00

Totally agree with you two. And finally we have a predator in the box!
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09/10/2012 14:04:00

looks very good in his 1st few games and has now scored or assisted at a very decent rate..... just like Chamakh did when he 1st joined.
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10/10/2012 17:53:00

Viyyash, he is nothing like Chamakh was. While Chamakh hit the ground running, Giroud has taken his time to start scoring, much like Henry, Wright and Bergkamp (to list a few of our striking legends). The successes of the latter looks a more likely trajectory for him to follow. Thank you.
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10/10/2012 18:29:00

it seems you lot have fallen for the hype like sheep down a hill about Chamakh's lack of ability.... the guy delivered very well but was then dropped for v.Persie at centre-forward (which worked well).... Chamakh was then denied gametime in the Prem and understandably lost focus.... and then te knives all came out and the feeding-frenzy began on how bad he was.... quite comical really
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11/10/2012 11:14:00

I've never seen Chamakh play well. I've seen two or three good touches from him, but never a goof half or good 90 minutes. He doesn't add to the team game, doesn't provide assists, and doesn't provide goals. What's more, he doesn't look like he's close to providing goals. Giroud is the complete opposite to all of that, for me. Chamakh had a fair run at the first team, and he wasn't good enough to make it.

By the way, who's 'hyping... Chamakh's lack of ability'? Has there been a press release by the club that he's awful? Seems to me it's just that he didn't play well, so a) he doesn't get game time any more and b) many fans, like me, have concluded that he isn't very good.
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11/10/2012 14:17:00

Actually, Chamakh's ability is good, he impressed me enough in his early games for Arsenal. So its not that he lacks the ability to be successful (his hold up play has always been good for eg). Either defenders have sussed him out subsequently or he lost his confidence after being dropped for RvP. He needs a run of games to be assessed objectively, but Wenger sees him daily in training and if he chose not to bring on Chamakh even as a sub, then that suggests issues on a training pitch.
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12/10/2012 08:31:00

AW has made a big investment in Giroud while Chamakh came on a free-transfer I believe, so its in AW's interest to promote the former over the latter.... Chamakh and Giroud have similar attributes and abilities, Chamackh may well play a big part this season..
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12/10/2012 11:27:00

Viyyash Ramosh, there's a bigger chance of Arsenal buying a new forward in January to supplement the strikeforce than of Chamakh contributing anything in the premier league. He may get a few cup games.
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12/10/2012 11:52:00

Giroud is on a roll;-) . Has scored the leveller against Spain tonight after coming on late for Benzema.
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16/10/2012 22:53:00

on a roll is right, mostly down to random chance.... strikers are prone to Lady Luck so much for the 'expert' opinion of fans. play great and not score for a few games and you're ordinary, play worse but get 1 or 2 tap-ins and youre a great player lo and behold... Giroud is good, but around the same level as Chamakh.... both goodish players brought in at good value
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17/10/2012 12:26:00

Robin van persie must have had 30 random chances last season then do make me chuckle. After giroud fed the ball to podolski for his goal it must have been random luck that he popped up at the near post for the return ball to tap in. Being in the right place at the right time may be down to some luck, but the ball still has to be put in the back of the net. Lets judge the fella at the season end then we can say I told you so.....early season judgements is so spud like. The vast majority if not all of robins goals last season were down to ability....not 'Chance'.....if chance was as prolific as you make it out to be then I would surely have a winning ticket by now......just my 'non-expert' opinion.
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19/10/2012 01:27:00

my point was that Giroud has mainly been judged by his recent goal-tally rather than his alround play which has impressed me more.... he has missed a couple of howlers which the 'experts' jumped on the bandwagon with early on despite his tactical significance in the team... glad to see him getting good ratings from same 'experts' that can now see his true contribution now that 1=2 goals have miraculously given them the vision to see it..
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19/10/2012 12:46:00

I haven't really decided on my 'opinion' of the fella just yet. I will at least give him a season. I will say that what I have seen so far is promising. And he gives us an option through the middle that none of the other forwards can....not a bad thing to have. If he finishes his first season with double figures then I will say he is on track.
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20/10/2012 01:03:00

if Giroud finishes the entire season with just 10 goals, he will have failed..... but he won't.
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20/10/2012 12:18:00


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