Previous teams: Montpellier, Tours
Bio: Olivier Giroud enjoyed a journeyman’s career in France, enjoying spells with Grenoble (youth), Tours and Montpellier before his big move to Arsenal. A striker of poise and expert positioning, Giroud is an elegant targetman who led Montpellier to their first French championship in the 2011/12 season.
Joining Montpellier in 2010/11, he scored on his debut in a Europa League qualifying leg against Hungarian outfit Gyori, before scoring his first league goal for the club against Valenciennes. He would play a starring role in the Coupe de la League semi-final against Paris St Germain that year, playing the entire match plus extra time and hitting the winner in the 117th minute. Montpellier would go on to lose 1-0 to Marseilles in the final.
Giroud’s star rose to continental attention in 2011/12 when his goalscoring form led French newspaper Le Parisien to dub him ‘le buteur de charme’ (the Charm Striker). He would go on to get 21 goals to become leading goalscorer in Ligue 1 and propel his club to its first-ever league championship.
With rumours circling of Robin van Persie’s departure, Giroud was snapped up by Arsene Wenger in 2012 on a four-year deal to replace the wantaway Dutchman as Arsenal’s lone forward.