Tag: Olivier Giroud

Premiership: Arsenal 4-1 Newcastle

Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla net braces in easy Arsenal win

Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla both scored twice as Arsenal closed back up on the Barclays Premier League’s top four with a 4-1 win over Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium.

The recent antagonism directed towards the club’s manager also looked to have died a death as supporters chanted “There’s only one Arsene Wenger” in support of the Frenchman.

Arsenal maintained momentum from the midweek 4-1 Champions League win over Galatasaray in Istanbul to see off the challenge of Alan Pardew’s men, who last weekend inflicted a first defeat of the season on leaders Chelsea.

Giroud powered in a header on 15 minutes and, after Danny Welbeck had seen a goal perhaps harshly disallowed, birthday boy Cazorla made it 2-0 at the start of the second half with a neat chip.

French striker Giroud then produced another fine left-footed finish at the near post, and after Ayoze Perez had reduced the deficit, Cazorla clipped home a late penalty as the feel-good factor returned for Wenger’s side after the fall-out from their defeat at Stoke.

The Gunners had been forced to start with a makeshift defence because of injury and suspension, so right-back Mathieu Debuchy was deployed at centre-half against his former club.

Arsenal went close to opening the scoring on eight minutes as Per Mertesacker’s flicked backwards header from a corner hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced away.

It was 1-0 after 15 minutes when right-back Hector Bellerin won the ball in midfield, before it went out to Sanchez, one of several players rested in midweek.

The Chile forward held up possession on the right before chipping the ball across the six-yard box, where Giroud powered a header into the top-right corner.

Arsenal soon had the ball in the net again as Welbeck cut in from the left, brushing off Daryl Janmaat before dinking his shot over goalkeeper Jak Alnwick. However, referee Lee Mason had already blown for what he saw as a foul by Welbeck on the Newcastle defender.

Welbeck fired an angled volley just wide after a clever chip from Sanchez into the right side of the Newcastle penalty area.

Despite their dominance, Arsenal looked vulnerable to set-plays, and a superb double save from Wojciech Szczesny kept the scores level after 33 minutes.

A free-kick was curled in from the right, which Yoan Gouffran glanced goalwards, but the Pole made a fine reaction save and was then in the right place to block the follow-up from Papiss Cisse at point-blank range.

The hosts doubled their lead after 54 minutes with another goal of the highest order.

Sanchez played a sliderule pass into the Newcastle penalty area, which Cazorla collected and skipped over Fabricio Coloccini’s sliding challenge. The diminutive Spaniard stumbled, but stayed on his feet before clipping a sublime finish into the far corner to celebrate his 30th birthday in style.

Before Newcastle could regroup, it was 3-0 after 58 minutes.

Bellerin got to the right touchline before crossing for Giroud, who expertly guided the ball past Alnwick at the near post with the outside of his left boot.

Newcastle reduced the arrears after 63 minutes when Perez headed in a free-kick from Jack Colback.

Arsenal soon regained composure, with Kieran Gibbs firing wide after the ball bobbled around a crowded penalty area.

After Arsenal appeared to have weathered the storm, chants in support of Wenger rang around the Emirates Stadium, with hope and belief again restored heading into the hectic Christmas schedule.

Newcastle defender Paul Dummett tripped Welbeck in the right corner of the area after 88 minutes, and Cazorla stepped up to calmly slot home a ‘Panenka’ chipped penalty straight down the middle.

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Champions League: Giroud out after Arsenal admin error

Olivier Giroud will miss both of Arsenal’s remaining Champions League group matches after the club made the mistake of not including the striker on their original squad list.

Giroud injured his ankle on August 23 and was not expected to return until January, after all the European group fixtures had taken place.

Clubs can only register 25 players on an ‘A List’ for the Champions League group matches, which must be submitted by September 2 and include eight homegrown players.

Arsenal need just one point from their remaining two games to qualify for the knockout stages and Giroud could be included for the rest of the competition, with the next squad list due by February 3.

Arsene Wenger’s side, who are five points off top spot, host group leaders Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday before finishing with a trip to Galatasaray.

Giroud came off the bench against Manchester United on Saturday and marked his comeback in dramatic style with a stunning late goal in the 2-1 defeat.

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Premiership: Arsenal 1-2 Man Utd

An own goal from Kieran Gibbs and a Wayne Rooney strike gave Manchester United victory over Arsenal.

Gibbs collided with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny before deflecting Antonio Valencia’s shot into his own goal.

Rooney added a second with a chipped finish after Angel Di Maria led a United counter-attack.

Olivier Giroud marked his comeback from a broken leg with a stunning left-foot strike in stoppage time but United held on to go fourth in the Premier League.

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Premiership: Arsenal: Giroud fit to face Manchester United

Olivier Giroud is available for Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Manchester United on Saturday, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

Giroud, 28, has not played since August 23 when he suffered a fractured tibia in the 2-2 draw at Everton.

Giroud was initially not expected to be back until near the end of the year, but after resuming training earlier this month he could now feature at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Club captain Mikel Arteta is also on the verge of returning to boost Arsenal’s midfield options this weekend.

“Giroud and Arteta are both available,” Wenger told the club’s official website. “It’s just a question of how ready they are. But they are available.

“[Giroud] is three or four weeks ahead of schedule. Originally we planned to have him back for competition at the beginning of next year. So he’s one month ahead.”

Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez have carried the responsibility of scoring goals in Giroud’s absence, netting 12 and five goals respectively in the France international’s absence.

When asked if Arsenal had become reliant on Welbeck, Wenger said: “Yes, and on Sanchez as well. But we have Giroud back, we have [Theo] Walcott back. Slowly they will integrate into the team again and give us different options.

Two other Frenchman who are long-term absentees are defenders Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy, but Wenger gave a positive view of their respective recoveries too.

“Koscielny and Debuchy are doing well, they are out on the field [working] again,” he said. “We have to see now. Usually field work is three weeks away from full group training. Then there is fitness.

“It looks straightforward for Debuchy. It’s not inflammation, it’s just repairing surgery. For Koscielny, it depends how well he responds to training. At the moment he looks good.”

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Football: Arsenal 3-0 Manchester City 0: Arsene Wenger’s men coast to Community Shield victory

Arsenal sent out a statement of intent for the season as they impressively dismissed Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley.

The FA Cup winners took the lead through Santi Cazorla’s angled shot and added to that when Aaron Ramsey drove in a strike to finish a counter-attack.

Premier League champions City came close when Stevan Jovetic had a header hit the post and a shot saved.

But Olivier Giroud’s dipping 25-yard strike secured Arsenal’s win.

The victory is the first for Arsene Wenger’s side in the English season’s curtain raiser since 2004, and should give them plenty of belief before they start their top-flight campaign against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Gunners fielded three of their four summer signings as forwardAlexis Sanchez, right-back Mathieu Debuchy and defender Calum Chambers started, with the trio appearing to have effortlessly slipped into Arsenal’s trademark one-touch free-flowing football.

City were missing eight key players and, while manager Manuel Pellegrini may play down the defeat, it will serve as a warning sign before they begin the defence of their top-flight title at Newcastle on Sunday.

Pellegrini had insisted he had a stronger squad at his disposal this season as he gave two of his five summer signings in midfielderFernando and keeper Willy Caballero starts.

However, he was not helped by the absence of Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Sergio Aguero, Martin Demichelis, Frank Lampard, Bacary Sagna and Alvaro Negredo for the game.

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