Olivier Giroud has finally scored his 100th Arsenal goal.
The striker has been trying to score his 100th Arsenal goal for a while now. Ever since the 30-year-old reached 99 against Leicester during the opening game of the season, he’s found it hard to get game time.
Remember all those weird over-heard kicks against Doncaster Rovers? The big guy obviously wanted his 100th goal in red and white to be something special.
Instead it was a penalty, which no one asked for, against BATE Borisov in the Europa League. Ah well.
Overall, the France international had five shots, two of which were on target while one was blocked.
He won four out of the four aerial duels he attempted, which isn’t surprising considering he’s about 9ft (6ft3) but he only completed 61% of his passes, which isn’t good enough and he only attempted 26.
Giroud seems to have a good understanding of Jack Wilshere and the pair linked up really well. As I mentioned in Jack’s player focus piece, I’ve seen people wondering whether Giroud’s career with the Gunners could have been different if Jack had been fit and I think it would have been. They just seem very in sync and I’m looking forward to potentially seeing them play together again soon in the not-too-distant future.
Games taken to reach 100 Arsenal goals:
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Now that he’s scored a century of Arsenal goals, Giroud joins the likes of Thierry Henry, Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp, Ted Drake and Theo Walcott (!). It’s a big achievement and the fact that he managed to do so in one less game than Robin van Persie is the cherry on top.
While I don’t see the striker staying at Arsenal past this season, given that he’s struggling for game time, it must be a pretty good feeling for him to finally be in the 100 club.
Fancy re-living all of Giroud’s 100 goals? Watch our very own Dan Critchlow‘s video below.
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