Olivier Giroud vs Jermain Defoe - A Statistical Comparison

Olivier Giroud vs Jermain Defoe - A Statistical Comparison

The Arsenal summer signing had a slow start to his career in the Premier League, with the Frenchman failing to impress the Gooners, who saw their captain Robin van Persie leave the club in the summer. But, in the other half of north London, Jermain Defoe has found it hard to not find the net, with the Englishman scoring nine goals, over twice as much as Giroud's 4, partly because the former Montpellier striker has played 300 less minutes than …
Deadly Defoe at the Double | Premier League Striker Stats Comparison

Deadly Defoe at the Double | Premier League Striker Stats Comparison

On Saturday afternoon at Craven Cottage, a brace for Defoe took him to four goals in a week and his tally for the season up to 9. Aside from the goals, Defoe had a relatively quiet game, making just 14 passes in the entire 90 minutes. Defoe is a player who splits opinion amongst Spurs fans – on the one hand he is a player who scores regularly, on the other his involvement is minimal if he is not scoring …
The Curious Case of Olivier Giroud | Stats Comparison

The Curious Case of Olivier Giroud | Stats Comparison

Olivier Giroud's form since joining Arsenal has been indifferent. His performances in the Premier League have left a lot to be desired and after just one goal in ten appearances, it appears Giroud is a long way from filling the void left by his predecessor Robin Van Persie. But was Giroud brought in for that purpose? Or was he brought in for another reason? Breaking the Mould Giroud doesn't strike one as a typical 'Wenger-style' forward. When compared to the …
Arsenal strikers: Lukas Podolski vs Olivier Giroud | Stats comparison

Arsenal strikers: Lukas Podolski vs Olivier Giroud | Stats comparison

Sixth-placed Arsenal head into this weekend’s fixture away to second-placed Manchester United on the back of a 1-0 win at home to Mark Hughes’ QPR side last weekend. However, the slight margin achieved late on after Rangers were reduced to 10 men, is merely a mask hiding the problems facing the Gunners. Arsenal’s recent run of form has left a lot for Arsene Wenger to ponder as it has become increasingly clear that they are struggling without the goals of …
Modibo Maiga | West Ham's Transfer Target | Stats Comparison

Modibo Maiga | West Ham's Transfer Target | Stats Comparison

West Ham have been linked with a range of players: Milos Krasic, Eljero Elia, Andy Carroll, but it appears as if FC Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga will become Sam Allardyce's first big name signing of the summer: following Mohamed Diame, Jussi Jaaskelainen, George McCartney & Stephen Henderson through the famous Upton Park gates. Maiga, 25, is a Malian international striker, who has played in the French Ligue 1 for many years now, but he started off his career at Malian side Stade Malien, …
Giroud Signs for Arsenal | Joins van Persie & Podolski | Stats

Giroud Signs for Arsenal | Joins van Persie & Podolski | Stats

Olivier Giroud's capture has been confirmed by Arsenal - joining Lukas Podolski as fresh attacking options for Arsene Wenger in the 2012-13 season.  The arrival of another striker could have signalled the exit of Robin van Persie, but given the relative youth of Giroud (25) and the immense positional flexibility of Podolski (winger, attacking midfielder, centre forward) we expect that this will simply add another petal to the flourishing rotation policy at The Emirates. Giroud enjoyed a strong season in …
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