Olivier Giroud’s revival is great for Arsenal

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Olivier Giroud is certainly one of a kind.

A remarkable talent at times. A waste of space at others.

Fortunately for Arsenal fans, they are currently seeing their striker at his pinnacle.


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The Arsenal forward is one of the hottest strikers in Europe at the moment with nine goals in his last nine games. His performances have been celebrated by Arsenal fans hoping Giroud will lead the Gunners to the Premier League title.

The Frenchman’s brace in Wednesday’s 3-3 draw at Liverpool might have convinced a few more Arsenal fans that Giroud can deliver a first title since 2004.

Yet, despite his run of form, there are still plenty who remain unconvinced that the 29-year-old is the man for the job.

That’s just the sort of player Giroud is. It will surprise nobody if the striker fails to score and misses a handful of chances against Stoke City on Sunday.

But for the moment, Giroud is doing a fantastic job of silencing his critics. Since 2013/14, only Sergio Aguero (51) has scored more Premier League goals than Giroud’s 42, per Squawka.


His second goal at Anfield proved that Giroud is playing with more confidence than any other player in the league right now. The turn to gain a yard from Kolo Toure was exquisite and the finish into the far corner precise.

His remarkable form - which included a stunning hat-trick in the must-win Champions League game against Olympiacos in December - has seen Giroud reach 18 goals for the season.

It’s an incredible turnaround. Few Arsenal players have received more criticism in the club’s league-title drought than Giroud and yet his goals have helped Arsenal reach the summit of the table.

Several supporters after currently eating humble pie after blasting Giroud’s performances:

Now, Giroud can do no wrong.

Giroud’s problem, and the reason he’s not referred to as an elite striker, is because he continues to frustrate. This was evidenced by his embarrassing miss in Wednesday’s game that caused this popular tweet from Piers Morgan:

Yet there isn’t a fan who will regret his criticism of Giroud more than Morgan:

Giroud is three goals behind Romelu Lukaku and Jamie Vardy in the league goalscoring chart but on current form, few would bet against him overtaking the Everton and Leicester City forwards en route to a Golden Boot trophy.

That, coupled with a maiden Premier League trophy, would silence every single critic.

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