History would show we have not yet seen the best of Olivier Giroud

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The Arsenal striker has performed well in his debut campaign but if his past is anything to go by next season will be even better.

For some playing Premier League football comes to them like a duck in water. The likes of Fernando Torres, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Papiss Cisse come to mind as players who immediately banged in the goals upon arrival on our shores.

Others take a little more time to get going. Didier Drogba for instance is such an example. When you consider that the Chelsea legend scored 16 goals in his first season at Stamford Bridge it puts the achievements of Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud in to context.

The Frenchman has had to deal with his fair share of kop in light of several missed opportunities against Everton and his inability to put away apparent bolt-on chances throughout the season.

However the former Montpellier striker has managed to grab 17 goals this season; one more than Drogba did on his Premier League debut.

But if Arsenal fans are looking for even more of a good omen ahead of an even more impressive season on top of his solid start next year then here it comes.

That is because the 26-year-old striker has a history of having a much more fruitful second season at his previous clubs.

When told by Grenoble boss Mehmed Bazdarevic that he ‘did not have the level to play among the elite’ he moved on to Ligue 2 club Tours.

In his first season at Stade de la Vallee du Cher he did what could be described as OK. His 14 goals in 27 appearances was certainly not something to be shirked at.

However in the 2009-10 season he really made a mark for the club with 24 goals in 42 appearances for the club and was named the Ligue 2 player of the year.

It was that form that earned him a move to Montpellier in 2010 and he scored on his debut against Gyori ETO; his first of 14 goals in all competitions in yet another solid start.

But once again the following season was a much more illustrious campaign for the Frenchman. In the same amount of appearances as in his debut season he managed to grab an extra nine goals and six assists in his sophomore season; earning his first international call-up.

So if history is anything to go by Arsenal fans can expect even more from Olivier Giroud next season; something to whet the appetite of the Gunners faithful.

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