A striker who doesn’t score goals is not an effective one, and Olivier Giroud has not scored since grabbing two goals against Southampton on November 23rd.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, the Frenchman said: "It is, to be honest, a bit of a pain for a striker who is not scoring, not finding the net."

Giroud went on to pinpoint the reasons for his goal drought. "On the whole there is a lack of efficiency, success and a little luck, where you are not quite in the right place at the right time," he explained.

Giroud’s current scoring troubles are in stark contrast to his early season exploits, where he had scored seven goals in twelve league games.

Back in October, the Frenchman had even been talking of how he wanted to win the Ballon d’ Or by following a “step-by-step” approach.

"For me things were fairly good early in the season", the Frenchman continued. "I am trying to concentrate on my work and not have doubt in such periods.

"As a month, I know I've had worse. I know my qualities and I know [the goals] will come back very quickly.

"As long as the team win and we're playing good football, I have to appreciate such situations and that is also very important."

However, what with the injury to top-scorer Aaron Ramsey, an increased scoring burden will now be placed on Giroud, and his teammates will undoubtedly be expecting him to step up to the increased responsibility.

The challenge is all the more difficult given the fact that the Arsenal squad is extremely weak when it comes to other striking options, with Nicklas Bendtner being the only other forward with a realistic chance of starting.

Whilst every striker goes through periods where they struggle to score goals, Giroud will be hoping that his drought ends soon, otherwise Wenger may step up his search for a new striker when the January window opens. 

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