There have been several reasons for the recent resurgence of Arsene Wenger's table-topping Gunners. While many will point to the signing of German playmaker Mesut Ozil and the form of Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey, the impressive displays of Giroud have been just as crucial.
The French international, signed from Ligue 1 outfit Montpellier last summer, has progressed rapidly following a rather mediocre debut season in English football and has spearheaded Wenger's attack with increasing confidence and quality.
With seven goals already this season, Giroud is a pivotal figure for Arsenal. Any injury to the physically imposing frontman could threaten to totally de-rail their title charge.