As Christmas draws near, Arsenal look close to unbeatable at the top of the Premier League after Arsene Wenger's men picked up another vital three points this weekend against Southampton.
Who was it that scored the brace? Why it was Arsenal's slightly unrecognisable talismanic Frenchman Olivier Giroud, who now has scored seven goals in the league so far this season.
Aaron Ramsey, Mathieu Flamini, Mesut Ozil have played vital parts for the Gunners this term and many more have been very efficient. However, it is Giroud who takes the main plaudits with 10 goals in all competitions and five assists so far this season.
Although it is a whole team effort needed to win a title, it is also fair to say that if Giroud continues his attacking prowess and ability to score goals in the vital games, then the Gunners could be on their way to the title.
He really has developed as a player during his time at Arsenal. He can top his 17 goals from last season, especially with the help of new signing Ozil and the resurgence of Ramsey.
No-one has been this good for Arsenal since before Robin van Persie left the club and this is certainly the right time for Giroud to come out of his shell at the club with a trophy needed urgently.
Giroud is on fire and looks as if he will score with everything he touches. He just cannot miss the net. Not only does Giroud score, though, he also provides assists with five coming so far. He is an all-round good player.
He has been deemed lonely this season, with no backup apart from Nicklas Bendtner who has expressed his desire to leave the Emirates Stadium.
Giroud does need some sort of proper backup, although the soon to be fully fit duo of Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski will hopefully provide that and also chip in with some goals.
If Giroud can carry on his form throughout the season then I thoroughly believe that the Gunners could have a good chance of winning the Premier League title.
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