Olivier Giroud

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Olivier Giroud
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Chambery, France - September 30, 1986
Previous Clubs
Grenoble, Istres (loan), Tours, Montpellier

Strong centre forward Olivier averaged just over a goal every two games in 2015/16, and was Arsenal’s top scorer with 24 strikes in all competitions.

The France international got off the mark in spectacular fashion at Crystal Palace in the second league match of the season - acrobatically volleying Mesut Ozil’s cross into the bottom corner - and went on to score a further 14 times before the end of 2015.

Five of those came in the Champions League, where Olivier netted home and away against Bayern Munich - he was the only player to do so over the course of the season - before scoring his first Arsenal hat-trick in a matchday-six win at Olympiacos, a victory that sent the Gunners through to the knockout stages of the competition.

Olivier scored one against Sunderland and added two more away to Liverpool at the start of 2016, but temporarily found goals difficult to come by thereafter - though he did mark the birth of his second son with a brace in an FA Cup fifth-round replay win at Hull.

The 6ft 4in forward did end the season in fine fashion, however, with a goal at Manchester City and a further three in a 4-0 win over Aston Villa on the final day. He took that good form into the European Championship too - scoring the first goal of the tournament in a 2-1 win over Romania.

Now entering his fifth season at Arsenal, Olivier signed from then-Ligue 1 champions Montpellier in the summer of 2012 after calming the Golden Boot in France during 2011/12.

Born in Chambery, a small city near the Swiss border, he had previously played alongside Laurent Koscielny at Tours after beginning his career with Grenoble.


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