Olivier Giroud is Golden Boot contender

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Olivier Giroud already has three Premier League goals to his name this season - and everything appears to be in place for the Frenchman to win the Golden Boot award next May.

Last term he bagged 11 goals in the league, 17 in all competitions: a reasonable return for a 26-year-old striker in his debut campaign in England.

Nevertheless, the Gunners were linked with a big-money move for a new striker during the summer transfer window, right up until transfer deadline day.

In the end though, much to the relief of Giroud, it wasn't a striker that Arsenal broke their transfer record for on the final day of the window - but rather a player who has the quality to help the France international score well over 20 league goals this season.

It's still baffling that Mesut Ozil was allowed to leave Real Madrid - even for a fee of over £42m and despite the arrival of Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu.

The Germany international has arguably been Real Madrid's second most important player behind Cristiano Ronaldo since making his move from Werder Bremen after the 2010 World Cup, scoring 19 La Liga goals as well as providing an astonishing 47 league assists - a figure equalled only by the world's best player, Lionel Messi.

Ozi is European football's assist-king - and Ronaldo and Karim Benzema's loss will undoubtedly be Giroud's gain over this season and the seasons to come.

As well as the excellent Ozil providing service for Giroud, the Frenchman also has the likes of Theo Walcott, Lukas Poldolski, Jack Wilshere and the sublime Santi Cazorla - another assist master - already at the club and familiar with the striker's movement inside and around the penalty box.

The lack of competition for the striker's position at Arsenal is another reason why Giroud is the outstanding candidate for the Premier League's coveted top scorer award.

Nicklas Bendtner is unlikely to play much Premier League football this season, Yaya Sanogo is young and developing, while Walcott is still very much a right-winger rather than a centre-forward in the eyes of Wenger.

This means that, providing he continues playing with confidence and avoids injury, Giroud will occupy the centre-forward role at Arsenal throughout the season.

Few Premier League strikers - if any - will have as good service as the Frenchman this term, or as little competition for his role.

The likes of Robin van Persie, Daniel Sturridge, Sergio Aguero and even Cristian Benteke could come close to challenging Giroud for the 2013/14 Golden Boot - but Arsenal's main man should claim the prize.

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