Arsenal defender Laurent Koscileny believes that Olivier Giroud has found the belief in his own ability to maintain a fine start to the campaign at the Emirates Stadium.
Giroud has scored in each of Arsenal's first three league games of the campaign, including the winning goal in last weekend's derby clash against Spurs. Add the 26-year-old's penalty at Fenerbahce in Champions League qualifying and the striker has found the net four times in his first five games this season.
The French forward bagged 17 goals in all competitions during his first full season in England, but Koscienly is convinced that the former Montpellier marksman can surpass that total thanks to the confidence he has gained in the early weeks of the campaign.
He told BFMTV: "It’s true that Olivier has started the new season with a bang. During pre-season he scored a lot of goals so you feel he’s confident.
"We always say that you improve in your second season in England so I hope he keeps going, both for him and especially Arsenal."
Koscielny is a close friend of Giroud, a team-mate for club and country, after playing together in the French second division for Tours in 2008.
Arsenal will be heavily reliant on Giroud to stay fit and firing this season, after German international Lukas Podolski was ruled out for around three months with a torn hamstring.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger decided not to sign extra cover in the lone front role, leaving Nicklas Bendtner and French youth international Yaya Sanogo as the only recognised central strikers in reserve at the Emirates.
Theo Walcott also played through the middle at times for Arsenal last season, but is preferred by Wenger in an advanced role on the right wing.
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