Olivier Giroud believes he has come into form at the perfect time, but now he has to prove it.
After being criticised for his showing in the first leg, when he was substituted after 60 minutes having missed numerous chances, the French forward has had to rediscover his form, and he said that he knows how to do so.
“I know when I play well or not I know how to bounce back,” the striker explained. “I try to show my answer on the pitch with my mentality. It was nice to do it against West Ham.”
It is true that Giroud has been in very good form since that Monaco game, and will be tasked with leading the line as the Gunners look to overcome a 3-1 reverse scoreline in the principality. Their task is incredibly hard, but one would suspect that it will be made easier with the 28-year-old in free-scoring form.
However, the forward actually needs to prove he has turned his form around against Monaco, and show that he can play in the big games.
Although he has claimed that only now has he reached top form, prior to that first leg with the Ligue 1 side Giroud had netted five goals and registered three assists in seven games - an exceptional record. However, as soon as he came up against Monaco his game collapsed around him.
This has proven to be typical of Giroud, who frequently struggles in high-pressure games against top level opposition. This Champions League second leg tie with Monaco represents the perfect chance for the forward to make right on his promise that he has turned around his form, and prove that he can now cut it as the Gunners' first-choice striker.
And if he manages to prove that he is in top form, Arsenal may just have a chance of progressing though Europe’s premier competition in remarkable style.