Olivier Giroud arrived at the Emirates in the summer transfer window of last season, as a replacement for Robin van Persie. 

The levels of expectations were multiplied, considering he was the top scorer in Ligue 1 the previous season.

In a completely different league to what he was used to, he struggled initially, as expected, but slowly found his feet and was inches away from being the second player in the team to score a hat-rick, against Newcastle United at the Emirates, in spite of being a second half substitute. 

A total of seventeen goals in the first season in England can be something to build upon. He himself has stated, he is ready to take his game to the next level. There are however, some factors that need to go in his favour.

The first of that is the supply from his team mates. With his height and physical prowess, he has the potential to score many headed goals but Arsenal's crossing has been overall woeful this season - not used to playing with an English style centre forward, the crosses, especially from the right, from Theo Walcott and Bacary Sagna have been poor. 

If Lukas Podolski started on the left, then Giroud had something to work with, but when Arsene Wenger played Jack Wilshere in the attacking midfield role, Santi Cazorla had to be shifted to the left. The Spaniard loved to cut in, and create from a central region, further depleting the crosses to the Frenchman's head.

The next stumbling block in Giroud's path is the rumours that Wenger is going to buy a striker in the transfer window. If somebody like Gonzalo Higuain is acquired, then Giroud may have to drop to bench as the Argentine comes with a fair reputation. If a youngster like Yaya Sanogo is the only attacking recruit it means Giroud continues in his position.

What Giroud has shown over the season is that he is not just a one-dimensional striker. He has also chipped in with some valuable assists - in fact, the goal voted as Arsenal's goal of the season, the rocket from Podolski against Montpellier was set up by a delightful chip by the Frenchman. Of the three summer recruits of Arsenal, Cazorla stole the show with some breath taking football but Giroud has set himself up to make a bigger impact next season.


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