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Olivier Giroud follows fine tradition of forwards whose graft means more than goals

Olivier Giroud's penalty proved to be the difference for France in a friendly that saw PSG star Kylian Mbappe depart early with a shoulder injury.
French World Cup winner Frank Leboeuf explains why France doesn't really care about its national team's group-stage exit in the UEFA Nations League.
Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri believes Olivier Giroud is important and useful to the team even when he doesn't score after he ended his goal draught in their 1-0 win over BATE.

In France's final game of a triumphant 2018, perhaps it's fitting that the spotlight finally fell upon Olivier Giroud. Handed the ball by Antoine Griezmann, the Chelsea striker scored a penalty to give his country a 1-0 win over Uruguay in a friendly.

At the World Cup this summer, Giroud took much more of a back seat. He had a largely sacrificial role in Russia, drawing the attention of the opposing centre-backs so that his fellow attackers could roam in the space he had created. He didn't score...

Premier League breakdown: All 20 teams' seasons in two sentences

The Exploding Heads delve into football's biggest cover ups, but can they crack the case of why players insist on covering their mouths?
With VAR coming to the Premier League next season, ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop breaks down what it means for referee's and the entire league.
Check out every goal scored in the Premier League this weekend including Sergio Aguero's fantastic strike, Mohamed Salah counter and more.
The Exploding Heads explore the many reactions to the Manchester derby and Sol Bamba's extraterrestrial celebration over the Premier League weekend.

"Never look at the table until November" has been the mantra of many a manager through the years. Well, it is November ... a time when some clubs start dreaming and others are getting twitchy about their manager.

So it's time, perhaps, to reflect on the first third of the season around the Premier League from the top of the table reading down.

1. Manchester City: Look better than ever and could match last season's 100 points. Frightening that they are playing like this without Kevin De Bruyne.

2....

Transfer Rater: Luka Jovic to Liverpool, Gary Cahill to AC Milan

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper.

Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.

Gary Cahill to AC Milan

Milan's injury issues in defence could open the door for a shock move to the San Siro for out-of-favour Chelsea centre-back Cahill. The former England...

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud stars as Green Goblin in new Spider Man animation

Olivier Giroud plays the Green Goblin in the French-dubbed version of upcoming animation 'Spider-Man: New Generation'
Giroud's voice can be heard in the French-dubbed version of upcoming animation 'Spider-Man: New Generation'.

In a somewhat unlikely turn of events, World Cup winners Olivier Giroud and Presnel Kimpembe have made their acting debuts.

The two France internationals have provided voices for fairly major characters in a new Spider-Man animation that is set to air next month.

The duo have laid down their vocal talents alongside French actor Stephane Bak and singer Camelia Jordana.

Giroud plays the Green Goblin ("Bouffon Vert") in the French-dubbed version of "Spider-Man: New Generation," while Kimpembe fills...

Transfer Rater: Denis Suarez to Chelsea, Exequiel Palacios to Manchester United

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper.

Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.

Alexis Sanchez to Paris Saint-Germain

Less than one year after joining Manchester United from Arsenal, the Chile international wants to quit the club as he is isolated, bored...

Eden Hazard, Kepa Arrizabalaga shine but Chelsea held vs. Everton

Jordan Pickford made four saves to earn a clean sheet for Everton as Chelsea were unable to break through in a 0-0 draw.

Chelsea remained unbeaten but dropped points for only the third time this season as Everton earned a 0-0 draw in a frantic and physical game at Stamford Bridge, more memorable for fouls than chances.

Positives

Maurizio Sarri's unbeaten start goes on and Chelsea played isolated pockets of exhilarating one-touch football against Everton, with Eden Hazard in particular looking closer to the man who dominated the first three months of the Premier League season.

Negatives

Chelsea's loss of control...