Giroud proud of Wilshere wonder goal

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Olivier Giroud says he’s happy to be judged on his all-round game and not just his goal-scoring record having earned plaudits for his delicate touches in the build-up to Jack Wilshere’s universally appreciated goal against Norwich.

A man well versed in pretty things, he uses a mirror after all, the French striker admitted he’s proud of his role in the flowing end-to-end move against the Canaries explaining that it’s his responsibility to be unselfishly help teammates.

“It is a great thing because the goal was shown all over the world – I am proud of it,” Giroud told Arsenal Player.

“It is a quality when you are a striker to not always be greedy and when you have a team-mate well placed on the pitch, in a good position, you have to assist him.

“Strikers are judged on their goals but we must also [provide] assists and that is what I try to do: help my team-mates.

“It is easy to play with people like Jack, Mesut, Santi or Tomas – all my offensive team-mates. We have good relationships on the pitch and when we play one-touch football like [against Norwich], it is a pleasure.

“We try to do it in every game, and when we succeed it is fantastic.”

Giroud now has four assists this season in the Premier League, one more than his entire total for last season, underlining quite how much he’s improved his play in and around the box.

“I think technically I had it before, maybe I progressed because we have worked on it a lot in training,” he reflected when asked why things have clicked this term.

“It is also [down to] confidence. I did well from the start of the season, I had good preparation with the team – instead of last season when I wasn’t here from the beginning – and I scored early in the pre-season games.

“I feel really confident, the boss made me feel good and that is why I feel good and try to improve every day. It is all about confidence I think.”

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The Artist formerly known as DangerMouse
The Artist formerly known as DangerMouse

Bang a couple in over the next three games Olivier. Go on. You know you want to.

The fool of a Took
The fool of a Took

He could bang me anytime..

50 shades of gandalf the grey
50 shades of gandalf the grey

Of all the inquisitive hobbits, you are the worst!

shakira
shakira

i’ll rather have my kids looking like him rather then stone faced pique!

Phlegm-ini
Phlegm-ini

Shakira.

Wenger's Glasses
Wenger's Glasses

Every week I love this guy more & more. Such a classy & quality player.

zizou
zizou

Good for you then son, now get in there and ‘flick’ those mugsmasher, then the smasher.

A N Other
A N Other

Top striker.. I hope he gets 25 goals this season.

Gun_abry
Gun_abry

We’re all proud of it too, you handsome devil you.

Garyneville Shagshismum
Garyneville Shagshismum

GFG – Gay for Giroud

Lol me
Lol me

Beast

billa
billa

Why doest Ollie take free kicks? he’s got a thunderous left..

Bould's Eyeliner
Bould's Eyeliner

As far as I have seen, Giroud seems to specialize in dinks and smashes. With regards to that, its his position over the subtlety of kicks…

Nuts
Nuts

Chim chimney chim chim giroud!!!

paris
paris

About Sperez his remark about our lack of tactical pedigree from Wenger and him banging on about us conceding too many goals I just would like to link him to this http://www.arsenal.com/first-team/tables?season=2012/13

If he doesn’t want to open the link: Arsenal had the second best defence last season.

Rohan
Rohan

I might be the only one, but I feel that Wilshere goal could be our undoing in a strange way. Don’t get me wrong – it was incredible, but the players will get overly encouraged by this one-touch play, which has led to three very tippy tappy and weak performances in the last few weeks. I agree that the Chelsea result does not matter, but the performance was a little worrying in my opinion – i recalled one attack where we finally managed to get into their box and three players backheeled it with their first touch to another player and the attack came to nothing. And then mata scores with a swing of his right foot. We may well beat the small teams this year, but i hope we don’t come unstuck against the big teams. Come on the Arse.

Another thing – whilst Arteta and Flamini are both out (massive blow), I feel Tommy V could have a role to play as dm.

Bould's Eyeliner
Bould's Eyeliner

TV, while being great in his own way, I don’t think has the qualities for being a DM for Arsenal at least – just look at Arteta’s passing – his distribution ahead of the defense is the key to our attacking play..

paris
paris

Get a grip, against opposition like norwich any cock can do it…try against the pool…This situation we face now is so familiar. Every season we enter a series of games that are decision makers on our progress and Wenger dithers and messes the entire lot up. Wenger looked clearly upset the Chavs beat us but he then pretends he doesn’t care by saying the Lpool game is more important- and if we lose that will he say the Dortmund game is more important and when we lose that the Manure game will be more important. Wenger believes he can choose when we win. Well it doesn’t work like that – winning is a habit and we do not have it. Over flattering performances against the likes of Norwich don’t hide that we cannot win when it matters. I know many people believe it is our lack of squad depth and talent that hinders progress and some of this is true (again we have to question the quality of players Wenger has brought in as much as blaming the board for not spending) but I believe Wenger has hit the glass ceiling with us because he is tactically clueless when we have to play big teams like the Chavs. Our defending and positional play is terrible – Dortmund and Chavs exposed that. They also exposed the lack of work-rate in our team. Dortmund were like Barca – there were 3 or 4 players on to any of our players who had the ball. In that game and the Chavs game we had players who just ball watch and do not get stuck in. Also how many times on Tuesday could have our players just had a shot on goal instead of another fancy unneeded pass? Wenger is a very rich man and we have shown him great loyalty. He has to look hard and see that he cannot take us forward ¿ it is the same story now for nearly 10 years. It is time for a change. Wenger needs a new challenge and we need a manager who is a winner. It is a shame the Dortmund manager has today signed a new 4 yr contract.

AFCEdwards
AFCEdwards

If any cock can do it, then why has nobody done anything like that for years and years.

arsesicky
arsesicky

why do you even bother?

TR7 > CR7
TR7 > CR7

He’s an idiot. Parents are probably idiots too.

Jackio
Jackio

Yes – I am really going to listen to a man who seems unable to grasp the simple concept of paragraphs.

Trez
Trez

Guys what you make of the Pato rumors?? I think he’s alright, but too injury prone.

Dr Baptiste
Dr Baptiste

He’s perfect then

heroldgoon
heroldgoon

Yeah if Sanogo passed the “injury prone” with flying colours then pato is a sureity.

John
John

Look at this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usUYH0vk5Dc

It’s from last week. Pato is the most criticized player in Brasil, right now. His team got eliminated from the brazilian cup with this ridiculous penalty taken by him. He’s got some talent and hasn’t got much injuried recently, but his carelessness for the game, not just in this penalty but also during the game and even in the interviews, is astonishing.
They say he’s a 24 years old veteram, more worried with the media, the parties and his girlfriends – Things that wouldn’t matter if he produced on the pitch, but that’s not the case.

Trez
Trez

Thank goodness poldi is back in training…

Arsenal Fan
Arsenal Fan

Hate to be the one to tell you but Podolski won’t be back for at least two weeks yet, he’s only running at the moment 🙁

stranger than park chu
stranger than park chu

No. Poldi is not training yet. He is only outside running. Diaby is a bit short. He appears jaded and that’s two weeks for him.

shuggietodd
shuggietodd

I hope we destroy them on Saturday. Our season’s hit a lull and we need to cement out position at the top by reminding Freddy Mercury why he should have signed for us!

jessop
jessop

Harsh on Freddy Mercury..

Dr Baptiste
Dr Baptiste

While Freddie was an amazing front man, I’m not sure he was the type of frontman we needed….

Geezer
Geezer

I will take any win. It is a difficult game, made tougher by our absentee(s).

LastNightEboueSavedMyLife
LastNightEboueSavedMyLife

He did want to break free, and had a great bicycle kick and could have been our best friend, even got us singing we are the champions but given his behaviour he really should be living on his own.

shuggietodd
shuggietodd

Perhaps Another One Bites the Dust is the most apt one for Suarez!

Theooooo

There’s a Theo shaped space to fill in the starting line up.. When’s he back??

Manchester Gooner
Manchester Gooner

Only Melanie knows

Danny
Danny

Falcao in January is all we need.

TR7 > CR7
TR7 > CR7

As back-up for Giroud of course.

The only Olivier is Giroud
The only Olivier is Giroud

I sang “nanana naaaa Geee-roooo!” in the pub I was at when Wilshere scored that goal. People were all “Dude it’s Wilshere who scored…??” and I just went “Dat assist!”

deano

Couple of assists and a nice subtle goal on Saturday night would be lovely. Lets put Brendan todger in his place!

Arsenal Fan
Arsenal Fan

Aaaaah Giroud….I didn’t realise how important he was to our attacking play until the Chelsea game! Hope he bags 25+ goals and picks up quite a few assists too.

Shocked
Shocked

You can do it. Don’t mind the game vs Chelski. I’m pretty happy we out of carling cup. Should be out from FA cup too. Let’s just focus on premier league and maybe chammpions league. We don’t have the depth for all the competitions. I’ll be super happy if we just win the premier league. Buy more players in the summer defense our title and go for the champions league next year. If Giroud has more goals than RVP its like a cherry on top of our league title!!!

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

I really like Giroud; even last season when he was struggling a bit I thought that he was a decent striker who could make a great contribution to the team.

But he’s not the world class goalscorer who will win us the Premier League.

The most disappointing thing about Tuesday’s game was, after Wenger rightly rested Giroud, the sight of that waste of space Bendtner in an Arsenal shirt. But, of course, we should never have been in this position. The hopeless Dane should have be jettisoned at least two years ago, and, like I said at the end of this summer’s transfer window, a quality striker should have been bought. But that didn’t happen. Nor did we bring in a couple of good squad players who could have started instead of the out-of-his-depth Myachi or out-of-form Jenkinson.

I’m actually confident about the Liverpool game: I think we’ll nick it 2-1. But what a shame their star striker isn’t playing for us – it could have made all the difference this season.

Jerrytank
Jerrytank

Decent footballer

Jensen
Jensen

Best striker in the prem on this form. Hope he doesn’t burn out given there is no substitute.

dgaj
dgaj

I was harsh on those that have been harsh with Bendtner. But after just re-watching the Giroud’s goal against palace it’s easy to see people’s frustration. The HFB makes even some midfielders look just plain lazy.

Zack

Aside from scoring goals, I can’t imagine any other striker in the Premier League has contributed more than Giroud this season. We ask a lot of him: defending set pieces, receiving most of our contested throw-ins and long balls, leading the defensive pressing efforts, and holding up the ball to link with the midfield often on his own. The last item, in particular, is what I’ve loved from him so far because frankly he wasn’t very good at keeping the ball or passing last year.

As for the actual goal scoring thing, his finishing can and will improve I think, besides the guy busts his ass and gets into such good positions that a high goal tally seems likely.

I love that everyone wrote Arsenal off early on because we chose to count on Giroud, Ramsey, and Szczesny rather than buy replacements for them (among others). It’s been hugely satisfying to see them justify that faith.