One major requirement for title winning sides is a striker who can compete for the golden boot.
Manchester United had such a striker in Robin Van Persie last year, Manchester City had Sergio Aguero in blistering form when they won the English Premier League two seasons back and even Arsenal had Thierry Henry scoring at free will when they last won the league.
After Robin Van Persie's move to Manchester United, Arsenal have been linked to almost every single striker going in Europe. There were always rumours of a move for Edin Dzeko, Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain, Stephan Jovetic, Mario Gomez and many others. Now though, they currently only have Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo to fit in the centre forward roles.
Arsenal did score a lot of goals last season but they were largely split between Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla. They need a striker this season who can score over 20-25 goals on his own.
Olivier Giroud seems like he's going to be that man. Historically he has always done better in his second season at a club. At Tours, he scored 14 in his first season and then 24 in his next. At Montpellier, the Frenchman scored 14 goals in his first season and 25 goals in his second. He also looks extremely confident on the football pitch and his all round performance is exquisite.
Against Fulham, Giroud continued his form with his third goal in his third game with a cool finish before showing some brilliant ball control in the play leading to Podolski's goal. Olivier Giroud was on fire during preseason for Arsenal scoring goals all over and he has thus far continued that form in the Premier League and in the Champions League qualifications.
Arsenal are keen on buying Karim Benzema from Real Madrid, who according to Carlo Ancelotti is for sale, but they may not need him if Giroud continues scoring goals week in week out.
They should look at adding either Angel Di Maria or Mesut Ozil, or both, instead, as these two players can help Santi Cazorla, Theo Wallcott and Lukas Podolski in providing the supply of ammunition for Olivier Giroud.
One thing's for certain. Arsenal fans are going to chant this forward's name throughout the season if he carries on as he's started.
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