Written by Nsofor Izuchukwu

Giroud signed for Arsenal on 12th june 2012 for a fee believed to be £9.6m (€12.4m).

Giroud was in red-hot form for Montpellier after finishing as the League’s top scorer with 21 goals and also winning the league that same season. Due to his performances for Montpellier he was signed by Arsenal and was seen as a replacement for the outgoing Robin Van persie.

Since joining Arsenal, Olivier Giroud has received so much hate and criticism about his style of play, consistency, goal scoring ability etc.

All these have in one way or the other led to the relegation of Olivier giroud to the Arsenal bench several times. But the good thing about Giroud is his ability to deliver immediately after been called upon. He has score several important goals for Arsenal including a Hat-trick Vs Olympiacos which helped us qualify from the group as runners-up just second to Bayern Munich.

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Giroud has received several backlash from fans at club level and national team, when the France fans booed him due to there anger of him been picked ahead of quality strikers like Benzema, Lacazette and Gameiro. This backlash didn’t stop Giroud from helping the National team reach UEFA EURO 2016 final which they narrowly lost to Portugal, a competition in which he scored three times (joint second with Ronaldo, Payet and Bale).

Giroud has shown resilience during this period of backlash from fans, signed just for €12.6m, he is close to reaching 100 goals for Arsenal having scored 91 goals since joining in the summer window of 2012 which is not bad for a striker signed for just €12.6m.

Due to his commendable performances, he has been rewarded with a renewed long-term contract.

Giroud has been a fantastic signing for Arsenal. I hope he gets the credit he deserves.

How highly do you rate Giroud? Is his criticism deserved? Let us know in the comments below!

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