Arsenal’s Century Club – Olivier Giroud

Nineteen players have achieved the feat of scoring 100 goals for the Club over the past 96 years. The players are sorted by the number of games taken to reach the 100 goal mark. Olivier Giroud sits at number 12.

Oliver Jonathan Giroud was born in Chambery, France on September 30th 1986.

He began his career at Grenoble in Ligue 2 before joining Tours in 2008. He was the leagues highest scorer with 21 goals in his second season at Tours. On July 1st 2010 he joined top-flight side Montpellier and scored 21 goals in the 2011–12 season, helping Montpellier to their first ever Ligue 1 title.

Giroud made his full international debut for France in 2011. He has earned  87 caps, and was part of the teams which reached the quarter-finals at UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the final of UEFA Euro 2016 in which he received the Bronze Boot as joint second-highest goal scorer, and won the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

On 26 June 2012, Arsenal signed Giroud on a long-term contract for a fee of around £9.6 million and was given the number 12 shirt. He made his debut on 18 August as a substitute in a goalless home draw against Sunderland in the Premier League and scored his first Arsenal goal on 26 September, in a 6–1 win against Coventry City in the League Cup. He scored his first goal in Europe in the UEFA Champions League in a 2–2 draw at Schalke.

On 22 August, 2014 he broke his left tibia and was ruled out for four months but returned to action quicker than expected, replacing Aaron Ramsey for the last 13 minutes of a 1–2 home defeat against Manchester United on 22 November and scoring Arsenal’s consolation goal in added time.

On 30 May, 2015 he scored Arsenal’s fourth goal after appearing as a substitute in the team’s 4–0 FA Cup Final victory over Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium.

On 1 January 2017, he scored his iconic and unforgettable back heeled “scorpion kick” volley in a 2–0 win against Crystal Palace, a goal described by Arsène Wenger as the greatest he had seen at the Emirates Stadium. The goal later earned him the FIFA Puskás Award for the goal of the year.

During the 2017 FA Cup Final against Chelsea at Wembley, Giroud came on in the 78th minute with the score 1–1, and a minute later he delivered an assist for Aaron Ramsey to score the winning goal which saw Arsenal lift the Cup for a record-breaking thirteenth time.

On 28 September 2017 during Arsenal’s Europa League group game away to BATE Borisov, Giroud scored his 100th goal for the club in a 4–2 victory.

Theo celebrates Giroud’s 100th goal against Bate

On December 10th 2017 in a 1-1 draw with Southampton Alexis Sanchez sent a cross into the box and Olivier scored his 105th and final goal for Arsenal with one of his trademark.




16 Responses to Arsenal’s Century Club – Olivier Giroud

  1. LBG says:

    First, after Fred.
    Thanks GN5. A harmless oil tanker who did good on a number of occasions. Didn’t resent him leaving, just the club he went to.

  2. Sue says:

    GN5 👍 Ah good old Oli… I liked him (& his sexy French accent).. although one thing that did amaze me, was how he managed to score over 100 goals!! What with injuries & goal droughts!
    Loved the scorpion kick (not so keen on the beard!) He was quite a funny guy – when Rosicky scored that thunderbolt V the spuds, I loved how Oli just grabbed him & practically throttled him 😄
    If I’m honest, I wasn’t too gutted about him leaving.. was just gobsmacked that he went to Chelsea!!! I wonder if he’ll play in the final…..

  3. Big Raddy says:

    Thank you GN5

    OG was one of my favourite Gooners. He never gave up and worked tirelessly for the team, more than that one cannot ask.

    However, playing OG slowed down our attack and as we have seen this season pace is vital.

    OG was under-rated in his role as a link in our ticky tacky years, he is excellent at those little flicks to an on-running player, especially in tight situations.

    He left to get regular starts at Chelsea but has spent much of the season on the bench – he could have done the same at AFC and I wish he had chosen to stay.

  4. GoonerB says:

    Thanks GN5

    He was a very good signing at the time we signed him. From about 2014 though I felt we needed a different type of 1st choice striker. At that time I think we should have pushed for Cavani who had been shunted out wide / riding the pine to accommodate Ibra. I think we could have got him as well.

    I didn’t feel Ollie represented what we really needed for a first choice striker and this probably cost us the 2015-2016 EPL title. Looking around you would rarely see the bigger slower target man in the top teams that were challenging for the serious silverware. However, he always looked an excellent squad option and great plan B, just not the plan A.

    Part of me also feels that, (like Ozil), we didn’t build the framework of the team around him to suit his strengths. Over the last 6 years we have had top players in our squad, on paper, but it has kind of been a mish-mash of a squad that didn’t blend together that well. The old cliche of the team not equaling the sum of its parts comes to mind and our recruitment of players always seemed kind of a bit of mad experiment.

    Ollie would still have got a lot of games even as the 2nd choice had we added that different striker, and even now could give us a different option for a couple of seasons if he were to return.

  5. TotalArsenal says:

    CheersGN5. OG is one of my favourite Gunners, not just because of his passion and work rate but also for his impact on the team when he played. He made others look and play better. It is quite surprising that he reached his 100 Arsenal goals sooner than RvP and DB. I reckon our biggest problem was that Sanchez did not like him and seldom wanted to play with/to him, yet Ollie made a lot of space for him which allowed the Chilean firecracker to shine. He also provided an outlet for Ozil and I reckon the German has suffered most from Ollie’s departure. It is a real shame we could not keep him when Auba had to be enticed to the club, as both Auba and Laca would have really benefited from him being on the pitch with (one of) them.

    OG won the world cup and he was a key player in the team. Not many players can say they did that. Top man.

  6. allezkev says:

    Another top post GN5, really enjoying your work.

    Giroud was never one of my favourites as I prefer more pace up front, but he was a good player for us and scoring 100+ goals speaks for itself.
    It was amazing that he went through an entire World Cup tournament as a key member of a winning squad but never scored a goal.

  7. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all,

    Oliver was one of my favourite players, he always put in an honest performance and scored many memorable goals.

    It doesn’t get much better than being a World cup winner.

    The most amazing thing is that he makes Chelsea almost bearable to watch.

  8. fred1266 says:

    The middle name totally foul me lol

  9. RC78 says:

    OG was a great squad player. France won 2 World Cups without their main strikers (Guivarch in 98, Giroud in 2018) scoring a goal. In that set up, they are more playing to hold the ball and for link up play (check Mbappe’s 3rd goal vs Argentina) but above all, they play as the first defender…Very ungrateful but much needed role.

    When Giroud signed for Arsenal, I said that he was a good signing but not a title-winning signing.

    You need the Agueros type of players to win a league – look at Chelsea since the loss of Drogba…We now have a player in the squad that can score us 20 goals a season and he is ably supported by another one that will get between 10-15 BUT if you look at the top 2 this year – they have at least 2 players that can score 15+ goals and provide more or less 10+ assists.

    We do not have this quality yet and this is why we need another player that can add that threat up front, someone like Sadio Mane, Mbappe, Sterling, Pepe and then you have a front three that will destabilize the opposing team with both pace and trickery. They would need to be ably supported by a solid midfield that can provide them the adequate cover, Torreira would be one but he needs a real HM (Gueye? Casemiro?) and a CM that cover lots of ground like Ndombele, Doucoure, Betancur or even Rakitic or Kross or Allan or someone like Douglas Costa or Thiago Alcantara.

    You could have then add the following set-up:

    Leno – Back Four – Torreira, GUEYE, KROSS – Laca, PEPE – Auba

    GK – Back Four – AMN, Xhaka, Rabiot – RN, Iwobi – ST

    Anyways – great post. OG was a great squad player and I hope he does not win the Europa League with Chelsea.

  10. chas says:

    Many thanks, GN5.

    Big Ollie is difficult to dislike unlike some of the other Arsenal Centurions.

    I seem to remember that I wasn’t very keen on any of the lads at school who only wanted to play up front and take all the glory of a team performance by nabbing the goals and limelight. Wankers to a man, if I remember rightly. (Apologies to those of you who played striker 🙂 )

    The amount of stick Giroud got while he was with us, it’s a surprise he stayed so long.

    The top teams don’t really play with a big man up front anymore, only the Burnleys of this world.

    It is surprising that ffs Giroud beat all those others to the 100 mark and that his goals per game is only second to BSR so far. Some might say he should have had twice as many in that time but some are never satisfied!

  11. fred1266 says:

    If he didn’t leave we would have never gotten aubameyang so far trade I think

  12. fred1266 says:

    When giroud sign I thought rvp (aka dick face) would have stayed that probably could have been really great for us if it had happened

  13. Sue says:

    Dick face 😄👍 did you see he’s retired now, Fred? A shirt had been made for him, made up of the 4 clubs he’d played for (as a pro) made me squirm seeing our badge on there, especially next to United 🤢

  14. fred1266 says:

  15. fred1266 says:

    Who made that shirt that company needs to be burnt down

  16. chas says:


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