Posted in Arsenal, PL

Man of the week: Olivier Giroud!

Arsenal v Crystal Palace - Premier League

On Sunday, Olivier Giroud scored a stinging scorpion kick against Crystal Palace earning him an early contender for goal of the season.

And it was wickedly delicious! 

Last evening, the Frenchman help Arsenal come back from 3-1 against Bournemouth by being involved in all 3 goals (2 assists), the equalizer he ended up scoring (3-3). Continue to do you, boy!

AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal - Premier League

Posted in Arsenal, Champions League, Hat Tricks etc.

CL: Lethal Giroud strikes as Frenchman sends Arsenal to round of 16

Olympiacos FC v Arsenal FC - UEFA Champions League

Arsenal had it to do away against Olympiakos last evening in the knockout stage of the Champions League and many were expecting Arsenal to exit given that half of their squad was out injured. I, on the other hand, put my faith in Olivier Giroud and he didn’t let me down as his hat-trick played a major key role in sending the English side to the round of 16.

It was a must win match for the Gunners and Giroud was up for the challenge. The Frenchman got the party started in the 29th minute when he kissed the end of Ramsey’s cross and power headed the ball home. That boy loves scoring with his head, I tell you! In the second half it seems as if Giroud would’ve left the game early after collapsing in a heap on the pitch, clutching his ankle which appeared to be twisted. He eventually got back to his feet and a minute later or so, he found the back of the net after getting on the end of a through-ball from Campbell. A penalty was awarded to Arsenal when Elabdellaoui appeared to have handled the ball. Giroud stepped up and calmly converted the penalty completing his hat-trick.

Olympiacos FC v Arsenal FC - UEFA Champions League

Arsenal won 3-0 and Giroud was the Man of the Match. It was indeed his finest moment for Arsenal for this sweet hat-trick was his first for the English club and what a fine time to score it! He took it upon himself to deliver when his team and fans needed it the most. Call it redemption, call it whatever, I call it a victory and I am delighted for the Frenchman.

If fans would stop their hating, they’ll see that Giroud has now netted 10 goals in his last 12 matches. Keep doing you, Giruu! Also, special mention to Mr. Wenger, whose faith in my favorite French striker has never wavered.

FUN STAT!

Olivier Giroud is the highest scoring Frenchman in 2015 with 30 goals; 2 goals more than Antoine Griezmann.

Olympiacos FC v Arsenal FC - UEFA Champions League

Posted in Arsenal, PL, Tottenham Hotspur

That man, Hugo Lloris!

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Hugo Lloris is wickedly awesome lately and I am not complaining. However, yesterday when Spurs faced Arsenal at the Emirates, the goalie might want to take the blame for the equalizer otherwise Spurs would’ve won the game 1-0 with that lone Kane goal.

Lloris could have done two things: he could’ve come for Ozil’s cross or he could’ve prevented Gibbs’ shot at the near post. Yet, I know how hard it is sometimes for a goalie to time the ball especially when it’s coming really fast at them. Who knows? Maybe he’ll keep a clean sheet next time! I take NOTHING away from this incredible goalie! The game ended in a 1-1 draw and it’s up to Spurs to keep on improving if they want to do better in the league this season.

Eleven games for the Frenchman and he is the ONLY goalie who remains UNBEATEN in the PL this season. I am super pleased with this stat, but still, I see MAJOR room for improvement in the back.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Dele Alli was named Man of the Match

All pics via Zimbio except this one which I found on Tumblr:

Go watch the highlights from yesterday’s game here:

Posted in Arsenal

Arsène Wenger on ‘must win’ for Arsenal

It is not only the fans who are impatient. Even Thierry Henry said on Sky Sports: Arsenal “Must Win”, must become champions this season.

“Must” [is a word that] can be used for death. We “must” die one day. I prefer in my life to replace “must” with “want”. To want rather than to have to. If you tell me, you have to go out tonight, I already want to go out less. If you say to me do you want to go out tonight? Yes, I want to! That is why life should be loved. “Must”… “must”… there is nothing I “must” do.

L’Équipe Sport & Style

The day I say I don’t love this man, call me a big fat liar. I simply love him and his bluntness.

Posted in Arsenal, Man of the Weekend

Man of the Weekend: the lethal Olivier Giroud

Swansea City v Arsenal - Premier League

Yasss! Giroud had a FANTASTIC weekend and even the haters are keeping quiet for the while being. Maybe I should change this category to my original intent, ‘Frenchman of the Weekend’.

Arsenal beat Swansea on the road 3-0 over the weekend, but Giroud ran away with the headlines. Football’s Sexiest scored the opener which was the 2000th goal of Arsène Wenger’s reign. History made right there. The stats also show that Giroud is the deadliest striker in the PL. The striker has the best minutes-per-goal ratio of any striker in the PL and we all know he’s an aerial threat. Giroud has now scored more headed goals (15) than any other PL player.

Credit: goal.com

Enjoy the historic 2000th goal here: