Olivier Giroud has certainly been one of Arsenal’s best players so far this campaign and its high flying form in front of goal that has not just won the Gunners all 3 points on a few occasions but also helped take the club to the top of the Barclay’s Premier League.
When Arsenal signed Giroud last year, he wasn’t exactly a well known star however his form had been highly recognised in France, becoming the top goal scorer for that season and leading Montpellier to the title. However despite the fact he was impressive in France there were still doubts to whether or not the 27 year old would be able to make it in England and perform to the same standard.
Upon arrival it looked as if he was going to be a disappointment, especially after not scoring his first league goal for the club until 2 months into his Arsenal career. Since then he has proven that he is a top player, with qualities about his style of play and movement being especially noted this time around. He has played in almost every game so far this season and although he hasn’t been scoring like he was at the start of the season, Giroud still insists that he is working hard and his body can manage the amount of games.
Giroud told Arsenal.com: “I feel good, I’m used to playing a lot of games and I feel good with my body, so touch wood no injuries. Over the years I’ve got used to playing a lot of games and I’m okay with my body.”
Concern has been raised that Giroud’s drop in form is because of fitness issues however as clearly stated he had already insisted that he is content with the amount of games he’s getting but it’s likely he will get a rest in the coming weeks.
“Maybe I will have some rest next week.”
Giroud managed to get the only Arsenal goal of the day against Borussia Dortmund, however it wasn’t enough and the Frenchman couldn’t prevent the Gunners walking away empty handed. Despite this the spirit within the team is still high and Giroud himself had told the media that they are all looking ahead for Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace.
“We lost but we have won almost every other game. There was just the defeat to Aston Villa and the draw at West Brom in the league. It’s not the time to really be worried but we want to come back on Saturday and win at Crystal Palace.”
I’m confident that this loss to Dortmund won’t prove to be too troublesome for the team and if we can get back to winning ways this weekend then we once again will remain in pole position at the top of the Premier League.