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Statistics suggest Arsenal's Olivier Giroud is the best striker in the Premier League

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Forget Sergio Aguero and Jamie Vardy - Oliver Giroud is the best striker in the Premier League.

It's a claim most would consider blasphemy, but the statistics beg to differ.  

A total of 11 league goals in his first full season in London was solid enough given that ten of his 34 appearances came from the bench.

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A tally of 16 the following season was an improvement, but given Giroud stayed fit for the entirety of the campaign, starting 36 times in the league, the Frenchman’s tally was perhaps not fit for a side challenging for the title. 

In his third year, the Frenchman missed much of the season through injury, but a return of 15 goals in 25 appearances was not bad at all and enough to rub shoulders with Aguero.

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Flattering to deceive at times, the France international is, in fact, a complete striker who perhaps doesn't receive the recognition he deserves.

Giroud can lead the line for most top sides in Europe - his recent acrobatic effort in the Champions League against Bayern Munich a stark reminder of the forward’s improvisation and finishing ability when on song.

Sure, he does miss a few chances, but all said and done the Frenchman is the complete package.

Giroud can play with both feet, hold up play excellently and bring the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla into play at Arsenal, and whilst passing isn't his strongest trait, he's proven perfectly capable of complying with his team-mates' beautiful passing game.

Very few players in the Premier League, or perhaps even across Europe, are quite so adept at linking play and providing such delicate touches in and around the box.

The former Montpellier man is also gifted in the air - since joining the Gunners in 2012, no striker has scored as many headed goals as Giroud, which has added another dimension to Arsenal's game since his arrival.

To further bolster his dominance, prior to his side's victory against Swansea two weekends ago, Giroud was statistically the most prolific striker in the Premier League this season having scored a goal every 88.8 minutes.

His strike against the Swans would have also helped his cause, though Vardy has since scored twice, adding to his goal every 89.2 minutes, whereas Aguero boasted a record of a goal every 91.2 minutes.

Despite sharing goalscoring duties with Theo Walcott this season, Giroud has amassed a credible six goals in 12 appearances, six of which from the bench.

If he stays at Arsenal, is awarded more game time and manages to stay fully fit, who is to say the 29-year-old can't double his current tally of 66 goals in 151 appearances for the north Londoners?

Sure, Arsene Wenger needs to give him enough time on the pitch to do so, but Giroud is perfectly capable of seizing his opportunities when given the chance to do so and taking the Premier League by storm.

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