BBC pundit Steve Claridge says confidence is key to Olivier Giroud's Arsenal form

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Steve Claridge has reflected on Olivier Giroud's sky-high confidence at Arsenal right now.

BBC pundit and former player Steve Claridge explained why he thought Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in fine style against Newcastle United on Saturday.

The French international showed impressive movement to convert a Danny Welbeck header and Claridge felt that it was all about confidence following some good recent performances from the Gunners front-man.

In comments published by the BBC Sport, Claridge said, “Olivier Giroud’s first goal is all about confidence.

“We’d just been talking about a chance Graziano Pelle missed for Southampton, when he just took an extra touch and lost the ball, but Giroud is instinctive, because he is in form. He just puts the ball away.”

The Arsenal forward has been in exceptional form in recent weeks, scoring in his last five Premier League matches, and scoring eight goals and providing three assists in his last nine matches in that competition.

When a player is on fire like that, he believes he can do anything, and so Giroud proved on Saturday, taking his chance while other forwards may have over-thought things.

Arsenal are benefiting from their on-fire Frenchman and he could yet help them finish the season as high as second.

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