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It's about time Arsenal's Giroud got the credit he deserves

He has had his fair share of criticism, but Arsenal's Olivier Giroud seems to be coming up with the goods early on this season

Giroud arrived in England with a big reputation after having a huge hand in firing Montpellier to the French title a couple of seasons ago, but he's had his fair share of criticism since arriving at Arsenal. Although 11 goals in your debut season in an unfamiliar league is a pretty decent return and something to build on. 

Giroud’s start to this season has been an impressive one, with goals in each of Arsenal’s first three Premier League games, along with a confidently taken penalty in their Champions League play-off first leg away to Fenerbahce.

Yet for a lot of last season there was a bit of criticism directed at the Frenchman, and not just from Arsenal fans. Was it a case of following in Robin Van Persie’s footsteps and getting constantly compared to the Dutchman ? Maybe.

A lot of the criticism Giroud received was unwarranted, however, given the player was still settling into life in the Premier League. But what he has demonstrated over the past few weeks shows he can develop into a top class striker in this country.

Giroud's close control, his touch and his ability to finish – as showcased in Arsenal’s North London Derby win over Tottenham - shows he has the attributes of a very fine footballer, and with a fee in the region of £13m, he could prove to be an absolute bargain.

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