No matter what he seems to do, Olivier Giroud has an army of detractors among Arsenal and French fans. Well, the unfairly maligned striker now has the chance of serving a slab of humble pie to his naysayers as he approaches his home Euros in fantastic form.
The amount of players in front of the Gunners centre-forward to be crowned Euro 2016’s top goalscorer gives this hypothesis legs.
Only four are given slimmer odds than the 12/1 about Giroud topping the charts in France and while that’s a tempting bet in its own right, narrowing the field slightly makes for an even more tantalising wager.
The former Montpellier man, who finished the season with four goals in his last two Arsenal appearances, including a hat-trick, is the 7/1 favourite to be the Premier League’s leading marksman at the tournament.
Far from his scoring touch alluding Giroud since that late season flurry (which capped off his most productive season as a Gunner with 24) he’s continued in fine fettle for Les Bleus.
Silencing the boo boys from his own shores, the target man has added three goals in two recent France starts, following a strike against Cameroon with a brace to down Scotland.
That’s now seven goals in his last four starts for Didier Deschamps’ 16/5 Euros favourites, seriously undermining the oft-raised argument that Giroud is not a world class operator.
If the calibre of opposition there doesn’t convince, then his previous strikes arrived against the Netherlands and world champions Germany back in the autumn are more persuasive.
Deschamps’ Les Bleus are flush with creative players to tee their line leader up and off the back of four straight victories and eight in the last nine, a deep run from the hosts is predicted.
This can only aid Giroud’s chances of clocking up a very healthy tournament tally.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.