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Olivier Giroud still needs more goals

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All is looking up for Arsenal, they find themselves top of the Premier League again and Arsene Wenger has finally shown signs that he is prepared to write a cheque or few.

The signing of Mesut Ozil was fantastic for the Gunners but many fans still believe that he should have been the tip of the iceberg.

Perhaps what Arsenal most needed was a centre-forward, currently, only Olivier Giroud is fit to lead the line for the north London club.

Nicklas Bendtner cannot be regarded as a worthwhile back-up for a side that are aiming to challenge for trophies.

Knowing that only a miracle will see Bendtner elevated in front of him, Giroud has been in fine form netting four goals from five Premier League games.

However, the Frenchman has only passed the 20 goals in a season milestone twice in his seven year professional career and one of those was in the french equivalent of the Championship.

He has start being more consistent in front of goal.

There can be no excuses this year neither; its not his first season in England, he isn't in a struggling team and its not as if Arsenal wont play to his strengths.

In fact, the 26-year-old has to be one of the luckiest strikers in world football right now with the players that lie a little deeper than him.

In Ozil, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla there are three players constantly looking to feed Giroud from a variety of different methods.

For the opposition defence, it is a nightmare to track.

In Walcott you have yourself one of the fastest players in the Premier League, he will constantly look to beat the full-backs and slide the ball across the box.

To coin a FIFA phrase, he will set up many 'sweaty goals' either through those across the box balls or shots that get palmed away by the goalkeeper, a real poacher can get a lot of success from Walcott.

In Cazorla you have a typical Spaniard who can pass all day, but his best weapon is his pinpoint delivery.

Giroud is an expert header of the ball and should link up with Cazorla delightfully. 

And finally with Ozil, you have a bit of everything.

The German play-maker is the assist king in every sense of the word.

On the ground, in the air, he has it all and proved it by grabbing a hat-trick of assists, all from set pieces on Sunday against Stoke City.

With all of that help there should be no reason why Giroud cannot be that 20 to 30 goal-a-season striker that the Emirates have missed since the days of Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie later on.

As an Arsenal fan you'd have to question things, if, by Christmas, Giroud isn't right at the top of the scoring charts.

Yes, teams like Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have great creative talent as well, but are any as varied as Wenger's trio- probably not.

One thing is for sure, Olivier Giroud holds one of the keys to any success this year, but will he find the right lock?

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