Striker Olivier Giroud was subject to continued criticism in his first season at the Emirates Stadium, despite scoring 11 goals - six more than Robin van Persie managed in his first campaign with the Gunners.
Giroud has scored three goals in three Premier League appearances at the start of the 2013-2014 season, including the decisive goal against Spurs in the North London derby. The 26-year-old has impressed with his clinical finishing, fooling defenders with his intelligent runs.
Despite being plagued with injuries in his time at the Emirates, Van Persie managed to earn the Golden Boot in the last season of his Arsenal career, scoring 30 goals in 38 appearances. If Giroud continues his hot form, then the striker could be in for the Golden Boot in his second season with the Gunners.
Van Persie managed double figures in his third season with Arsenal, however Giroud managed 11 in his first season.
Both players have very similar playing styles - waiting for the chance and then converting it convincingly. Despite the fact that Van Persie is arguably the more agile of the two players, there's no doubting that Giroud has talent.
The Frenchman has also had pressure on him, but he seems to have thrived on being the only out-and-out striker at Arsenal. He seems to have developed a positive partnership will England winger Theo Walcott, who has been fighting for a striker position himself. Walcott was Arsenal's highest-scoring player last season.
Many Arsenal fans have been too eager in handing out criticism to Giroud, the striker definitely has potential. Watch this space, Giroud could be as good Van Persie.
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