Olivier Giroud has proven once again why he is one of Arsene Wenger’s most important players for Arsenal’s title ambitions this season.
The recent transfer window was dominated by stories of bids and rejections for some of Europe’s top goal scorers, leaving Gunner’s fans despondent about their side’s chances against the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, all of whom strengthened over the summer in the forwards department.
Last season, Giroud was singled out as one of the main reasons for another failed Premier League campaign by the London club. Coinciding with Arsenal’s perennial spring time slump in form, the France international endured a 15 game goal drought between January and May, leading some fans to place the blame squarely at the feet of the 29-year-old.
Tonight however, while on international duty, the striker reminded Gooners just how wrong they were.
Banishing the dubious record of having the second longest goalless streak last season, Giroud has netted his 12th goal in 13 games for the France, a phenomenal statistic that proves just how crucial he is to Arsenal and why the club never needed the likes of Alexandre Lacazette or Gonzalo Higuain to begin with.
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Giroud’s poacher’s volley against Italy tonight is a timely reminder for fans that they already have the world class striker they wanted all summer.
Now with any luck, he can build on his international heroics and silence his domestic critics once and for all.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena