Olivier Giroud's new deadly reputation is a fair one

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Tim Sherwood has his win ratio, and Olivier Giroud has his goals ratio.

The Arsenal star may have an unfair reputation as something of a flat-track bully, but the stats show he’s the Premier League’s deadliest finisher this season.

According to the Daily Mirror, Giroud can stake his claim to be the best forward in the Premier League with a few taps on his calculator.

When you exclude penalties, the Arsenal striker has scored 0.87 goals every 90 minutes - the best mark in the top flight.

Diego Costa of Chelsea comes next, and he’s close by, with 0.84 goals every 90 minutes he plays. Other top strikers are Harry Kane (0.73) and Newcastle’s suspended star Papiss Cisse (0.82).

The Gunners have been in spectacular form recently with seven consecutive wins before they face Burnley this evening, and Giroud’s golden touch in front of the net has been a contributory factor.

The Frenchman has 14 goals in 15 starts for Arsenal this season, an excellent record. He has missed time through injury but his return has coincided with a purple patch of form for the club as a whole, propelling the Gunners from outside the top four to second in the table.

As a comparison, his teammate Alexis Sanchez also has 14 goals this season but he’s been an ever present in the team with 27 starts so far.

That just goes to show how lethal Giroud has been when he's managed to get on the pitch.

What do you think Arsenal fans - just how good has Giroud been this season?

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