Arsenal striker Giroud is a second season man - and he's proving it this summer

Olivier Giroud has started the pre-season campaign for Arsenal in some style... but we shouldn''t be surprised.

All summer Arsenal have been linked with striker after striker after striker. Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney there has been a multitude of interest in attacking options.

But the odd fan and pundit asked the question … do we need a new striker?

With Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott both capable of playing the role and youngsters like Chuba Akpom coming through the ranks you can understand their point.

Then there is Frenchman Olivier Giroud.

Signed last summer from Montpellier it took the big man a little time to settle in but once he did he certainly looked the part at The Emirates.

And in pre-season he has been doing his utmost to prove he is worthy of leading the line for The Gunners next season.

He bagged a brace in their first tour match whilst scoring a sensational hat-trick in the second game; leaving his East Asian opponents baffled and bewildered.

But we should not be surprised by Giroud’s apparent excellent start to his second season.

Some players come straight in and excel while others take a little while to settle; others usually need a season to fully get up to speed.

And in the case of Giroud it is certainly the latter.

Throughout Giroud’s career he has always improved in his second season with a different club.

He started his career with Grenoble and comparison here is difficult. But the fact remains that in his first campaign he played just six games and didn’t score while he bagged two goals in a 21 game second season.

Then there was a sole campaign with Istres where he netted 14 times in 34 appearances; who knows what he could have done with a second season at the club.

He moved to Tours in 2008 and in his first season bagged 14 goals in 27 games; itself a decent return on debut. But he improved in his second season with a tally of 24 goals.

That earned him a move to Montpellier and he had a good first season by scoring 14 goals in 43 games but a season later, from the same amount of games, he scored 25 goals.

So if this trend was to continue this pre-season form is no flash in the pan.

Giroud may in fact now be ready to improve on his goalscoring record at Arsenal; which was already an impressive 17 goals.

Who knows? If the streak continues he might just find himself scoring 30 goals next season.

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