Olivier Giroud, September 30, 1986, in Chambéry, France, is a French footballer who plays for English club Arsenal in the Premier League and the French national team.

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Giroud plays as a striker and is known for his size, physical style of play, heading ability, shot power and strength. He is also associated with making runs to the front post that outwit defenders.

After years spent in the lower divisions in his native country, his fine form at Montpellier was rewarded with a high-profile move to Premier League side Arsenal in 2012.

The forward started his career at Grenoble, joining the club at the age of 13. Six years later, he was rewarded with his first professional contract.

Prior to Giroud representing France at Euro 2012, Arsenal acquired him for a fee in the region of £12 million.