After a slow start to his Arsenal career, the France international Olivier Giroud got going and ended up having a decent, if not spectacular first season in the Premier League. The striker showed flashes of brilliance, like his goal against Brighton and some of his clever flicks in link up play, but he was guilty of some poor finishing at times.
So far this season, his finishing has been vastly better, while his link up play, touches on the ball and movement off it have been even better than last time. That is why nobody found it strange when the Mirror reported that Giroud is targeting the Premier League Golden Boot this season.
“With this team I can score many goals,” said the Frenchman. “Can I finish the league’s top scorer? I must have a chance.”
The boss of Arsenal’s Champions League opponents Marseille already knew Giroud from his Tours and Montpellier days, and he thinks that Arsenal could be the perfect team to help the forward get himself right up there with the very best in the world. Elie Baup was speaking before the teams met in Marseille last night.
He said, “Giroud was always appreciated in France. His career was not a typical career, he did not start at a great club level.
“He went to Montpellier, won the French championship, but has progressed now to the point that he started last week in the French national team ahead of others.
“He is powerful, strong in the air and with the midfield he has now at Arsenal, he will continue to progress.”
Giroud is only 26-years old and is learning fast with his Gunners team mates, so there is no reason he can’t get himself into the ranks of Falcao, Cavani, Droga and others, but there are still two players who are playing football on a different planet to everyone else, Messi and Ronaldo. Giroud will need to keep up his current rate of a goal a game to even come close.