It has been a great week for Olivier Giroud who, after scoring a hat-trick to send Arsenal through to the knockout stages of the Champions League, brought up the milestone of 50 domestic league goals with an eighth minute penalty against Aston Villa.
The Frenchman has become just the seventh Gunners player to score that many goals in the Premier League era, joining the likes of fan favourites Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright.
Giroud’s opener gave Arsenal the best possible in a start, in a game where they knew that victory would take them to the top of the table.
The striker has taken 113 appearances to reach 50 league goals – only Henry and Wright have managed that feat in fewer games.
He has been in good form this season, netting nine times in his last nine away fixtures, and only Cristiano Ronaldo has a better goals per minutes ratio in this year’s Champions League group stages.
The Twittersphere largely focused around congratulating the 29-year-old on his achievement.
Arsenal fans: Can Giroud become a club legend as big as Henry, Wright or Bergkamp? Have your say in the comments section below!
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