Arsenal’s New Strikers
Olivier Giroud was signed by Arsenal last week. Giroud, who was part of France’s Euro 2012 squad, has signed a “long-term contract” for an undisclosed fee, which is believed to be £12.8million.
But what do we know about our new French striker?
The 25-year-old netted an impressive 21 goals in 36 league appearances as Montpellier won their first Ligue 1 title last season. Giroud will look to hit the ground running and will aim to make an instant impact.
The deal with Arsenal was made official on July 1, Giroud was full of praise and admiration for his new team. This is what Olivier had to say:
“I have always admired Arsenal with its great history and reputation, and I now hope to achieve great things here.
“I am very proud to be a Gunner and I will give my best for all the Arsenal fans.
“It is a huge satisfaction to join this great club and it has been a dream since I was young to play in the Premier League.
“I was attracted by the philosophy of football and Arsene Wenger’s ‘touch’ at this club.
“I am delighted to be here at Arsenal and to be part of one of the great teams in English football.”
After watching Giroud last season on multiple occasions, I was impressed with his rocket of a left foot, he can/will use his right foot also. He is very dominant in the air and will put his head in where it hurts. I think if you were to take Chamakh’s aerial ability and Bendtner’s body strength you would get an Olivier Giroud.
Heres hoping Giroud will be able to use his towering structure to hold the ball up and win headers. What I’m saying is, I’m hoping he turns out to be like Drogba rather than Chamakh.
Onto our feisty Polish born German Lukas Podolski. Gooners might look at his track record and be concerned, being at one big club(Bayern) and failed to live up to expectation. I say relax, Podolski has matured. He can hold onto the ball, score goals and provide assists. Getting 100 caps for Germany at 27 is testament to how highly he is rated in his homeland. He marked his 100th cap with a well taken goal.
As he has participated in two World Cups and three European Championships, he will bring vital experience to Arsenal. When he arrives in North London, Podolski should have little trouble fitting in.
His no-nonsense attitude will make an instant fan favourite. The presence of fellow German international Per Mertesacker will likely help Podolski settle also.
The question on Arsenal fans lips are, were Podolski and Giroud bought to replace RVP or show him that Arsene means business.