Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud believes technical improvements as well as boosted confidence has made all the difference to his excellent form this season.

Giroud, who arrived from Montpellier for £12million in the summer of 2012, struggled with the lofty expectations in his first season at Arsenal, only managing 17 goals in 47 appearances.

This season, however, Giroud has already got eight goals in 16 games and has become essential to the Gunners' attacking play with his strength and excellent lay-offs.

The 27-year-old has spoken of the reasons for his form and he now hopes to stay clear of injuries, reports Sky Sports.

"I'm OK with my body - physically I feel really well," said Giroud, ahead of Arsenal's UEFA Champions League tie away to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

"The big difference with last season is the confidence, and maybe I've improved myself in a technical way.

"The boss told me that, because we work a lot on it at the training ground. For me, it's all about focus and confidence.

"I had a really good pre-season with the team. I did not have the same last year.

"I have felt so good since the beginning. I have scored a lot of goals and it was really good for my confidence. I touch some wood, like we say, and, hopefully, I will not get injured.

"But if you look at my stats, I used to play a lot of games every season with not a lot of injuries so, hopefully, it will be the same this year as well."

Arsenal are tied with Napoli and Dortmund on six points in the Champions League group F after three games, but should be full of confidence going into tonight's fixture after beating Liverpool at the weekend.  

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