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Giroud Is Feeling The Love

Arsenal (fairly) new boy, Olivier Giroud is feeling the love from the Arsenal fans, and it`s making him want to die . Kind of.

The French striker is one of the fortunate Arsenal players whose name convinently fits into a popular tune that converts nicely into a football chant, because believe me, it doesn`t matter how good you are, if your name doesn`t fit into an easy to chant song, then your name will not be sung.

But "Gi-roud" into "Hey Jude" fits like a glove thus meaning Olivier`s name will be sung with gusto every time he does something positive. And it`s having a positive effect on the player too. Giroud claiming when he first heard his song it made him want to die on the pitch for the fans. Figuratively of course.

"I`m a striker and a striker needs to have a good atmosphere," Giroud told Arsenal Player.

"You have to keep confident. The atmosphere around you and the support of fans, it makes me feel better and better. I feel very emotive and proud to play for Arsenal.

"When I heard the fans` song ... when I came here for the first time, I heard this song and it made me want to die on the pitch for the fans."

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 6 2012

Time: 9:52AM

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Brilliant. Now, offer Sagna 2 years please Arsenal you useless ********s.
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06/12/2012 09:56:00

Everytime i've seen Giroud play i've been impressed. Sure he's not got RVP's Movement or Technique but he's a real handful and he's good in the air & on the ground. Why Wenger often thinks Gervinho is a better option to me as an outsider looks crazy, but long may it continue.
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06/12/2012 10:13:00

Alright then, Giroud. Reciprocate the love by scoring goals on a more regular basis. Who knows, fans could just come up with an even better song.
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06/12/2012 14:21:00

If you ask me, I can't see how Wenger thinks we can afford to have more (bad) news about player departures, at this time. Theo and Bacary represent the last vestiges (Rosicky aside) of any good memories we have of the best passing sides of our club's recent years. Just sign them (Theo and Bac) up I say; we cannot be worse off, considering the dross we have put up with for the last 2 years, or so. These are things which just get me riled up. We need to have our key men all focused on the job of dragging the team up the ladder and here we are, having such an avoidable 'rumour' out on the streets.
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06/12/2012 14:30:00

Naija, I think a lot of people get wound up about such things; not that it helps anyone or anything. Sagna is being offered a 1-year contract because he's over 30. That's policy, that's what he gets. Theo is being offered an increased and extended contract, in line with policy. If he says '200k/wk or I'm off' - then let him leave. You can't just throw any amount of money at players just because they were here when we were in better form.
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06/12/2012 14:49:00

Why did Rosicky get more than a year then? Or Silvestre? Or Squillachi? That USED to be policy, it's not any more. Imagine if Bergkamp was 31 yrs of age in this climate? Think he'd stay for 1 more year at at time? It's completey dated and needs bringing up to speed with the modern environment.
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06/12/2012 15:01:00

Didn't Bergkamp only get one-year contracts at the end of his time with the club? I thought it was standard for most Arsenal players, and was the same for Pires, Lauren etc. Has that policy changed - anything from the club or manager that says it's not that way anymore?
I'm not sure there's anything un-modern about it... If anything, shorter-term contracts make more sense in a world where contracts are 'unprotected' for older players, don't they?
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06/12/2012 15:16:00

Ok, let's agree it's massively modern then. What about my questions re Rosicky/Silvestre et al? Without picking up on us not offering Pires more than a year, for example.
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06/12/2012 15:20:00

The policy has been to offer players 1 year contracts AFTER the season in which they reach their 32nd birthday. In most cases they're offered contracts of varying duration up to that age. Other than keepers, so far that has only been breeched for Arteta.
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06/12/2012 15:21:00 That article clears it up, although before that i'm convinced it was over 30s... So why doesn't Sagna get more than one year? Considering he'll be 30 in Feb?
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06/12/2012 15:29:00

At a guess, I'd say that the manager has enough faith in Jenkinson to be first-choice one Sagna leaves (whether that's January, or 6/12 months later). I don't know. Maybe the data that is collected on the players has shown Sagna is on the decline physically? (Just guesses). He has said in that article that it depends on position, and a full-back is asked to do a lot more running than... well, arguably more than any other position.
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06/12/2012 15:35:00

I really don't wanna see Jenkinson thrown in the deep end like that, look what's happened to Ramsey. I don't think he's top class enough yet, and i'm not sure he'l ever be much better than a very good back up, to be first choice. He was playing for Welling Utd 2 years ago ffs.
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06/12/2012 15:36:00

"once Sagna leaves"
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06/12/2012 15:36:00

The policy has been consistent (other than for Arteta). Here is a better article on the topic: Squillaci's contract ends this season at the age of 32 the same age at which Silvestre's ended. Sagna's current contract ends in 2014 at the age of 31 and he has been offered an extension to take him to 32.
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06/12/2012 15:40:00

I think he could do it, and be ready already; but like you, I would rather see Sagna stay rather than take the risk. I'm sure Jenks will be patient enough to wait a year or two before demanding to be first-choice (as you say, he's come so far so quick). I had less faith in Gibbs, and I think he's proved me wrong now.
Is one year for Sagna fair enough though, do you think?
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06/12/2012 15:43:00

"He was playing for Welling Utd 2 years ago ffs." He was playing for England a few weeks ago ffs. :)
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06/12/2012 15:43:00

Since we can't have access to the data, we have to go on visual basis. I haven't seen any decline in Sagna's performances lately. He's been as consistent as ever. Minimum 6/10 in every game in my opinion. Jenkinson, for all the potential he's shown, has struggled at times and I'm not quite sure he will develop into a world class right back that Sagna is. We have to give Bac more than a 1 year deal.
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06/12/2012 15:45:00

Nice article, some of the comments on there are gems. To think we stole Silvestre under City's nose and they had to settle for Kompany :-//
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06/12/2012 15:52:00

We have to give Bac more than a 1 year deal. He already has a one year deal expiring June 2014. What is being proposed is to extent that to 2 years until June 2015.
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06/12/2012 16:02:00

If we could make the exception for Arteta, it means the policy isn't exactly cast in stone. We do need to revise that policy for such a player as Sagna, as he looks in good physical condition and can be a good influence on the development of young Carl. Perhaps, teach him how to pass backwards less.
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06/12/2012 21:07:00

Sagna's existing contract expires in 2014, when he will be 31, going on 32, which is the crux of the matter. Doesn't he look in good enough physical condition to have something to offer us even at 34 years, considering we can name a few defenders and midfielders still playing well at that age? Sol Campbell returned to play for us at over 35 years after all. Winger has to take a long term view of this and make that exception. I do not care that much about Theo's demands for a guarantee of a starting place (is that allowed as a contract term?); but if the matter is with adding another 5,000/week to what we last offered, then lets get that wrapped up as well as I suspect he will go on and be an influential player in another club, otherwise.
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06/12/2012 21:17:00

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06/12/2012 21:22:00

Amos, 2 year from the end of this season is really only one year since the current contract expires in June 2014. I think we should sign him until June 2016. He strikes me as a very professional player who does not "disappear" in games or allow external issues to influence his attitude to playing unnecessarily. And, as someone above said, he connects us to our better recent teams.
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07/12/2012 03:34:00

But you're asking the club to make a judgement now on how committed Sagna will be to maintaining performance and fitness in some 3 years time at the age of 33 (getting on a bit for a fullback). If the player has confidence in himself to do so he would be offered a years extension before his contract runs out. If it was good enough for Bergkamp it should be good enough for Sagna. Seems a sensible policy to me.
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07/12/2012 08:40:00

Not everyone has the love for Arsenal and the patience that Dennis - our greatest ever player - had. I don't think "well Bacary it was good enough for Dennis me ol' china" is gonna quite cut the mustard.
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07/12/2012 13:25:00

No quarrel with the policy; but seeing as rules can be 'bent' in special circumstances, why not do so for this dedicated lad? In any case, the player has stated his happiness with the club and Wenger has expressed surprise at the speculations in the papers about his contract situation. Whatever the true position is, you'd think we should be looking to retain a few of our older heads in this squad, going forward.
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07/12/2012 14:40:00

How can you ever get angry with someone with a name as Girouuud. Love the bloke.
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07/12/2012 15:30:00


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