Giroud on course to challenge Premier League consecutive goal record

The Arsenal striker, who won the player of the month award for March, has scored in six consecutive games.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is on a red hot streak of form, the impressive central spike of Arsenal's attacking trident.

And though he has played only a portion of the number of minutes of the league's top scorers, the 28-year-old is just a handful of goals away from claiming the league's top scorer prize, on 14 goals - five behind Harry Kane and Diego Costa on 19.

Performances since January 18, 2015

  TeamGoalsTotal Scoring AttScoring V Shooting AccuracyBig Chance MissedGoal AssistOn Target Shooting AccuracyGoals per MinsGoals per GameMins Played
Olivier Giroud Arsenal 9 31 29.03% 2 3 48.39% 90.22 0.9 812

Giroud has been playing well all season in all honesty, and there have been just 8 Premier League games that the Frenchman hasn't scored when he has played.

But in the last two and a half months, the Arsenal striker has been almost untouchable.

Indeed, since he returned from his red card suspension against Stoke at the start of January, the former Montpellier forward has gone through an exceptional purple patch in front of goal. 

Giroud failed to score against the Potters, but netted in the impressive 2-0 win at Manchester City in the next game and including that game, has scored 9 goals in 10 as well as adding 3 assists.

Even more impressively, he has currently scored in six consecutive games, and might now be looking at equalising Ruud van Nistelrooy's 10 game streak for Manchester United from 2003.

It is a record few other strikers can match, with only Tottenham's Harry Kane coming close in that same period. The England striker has scored more goals than Giroud (11), but when looking at total involvement in goals, the Arsenal attacker is level with Spurs' main man on account of his better number of assists. He has also been unable to match the regular goalscoring of his London rival.

But while plenty of people have been going crazy about Kane's performances, Giroud has for the most part slipped under the radar with his form, which may be exactly how he and Arsene Wenger want it to be, especially with the Gunners now in second position in the league.

If he is to match Van Nistelrooy's record, Giroud must score against Burnley away, Sunderland at home, Chelsea at home, and then Hull City away. It is a long way off, but the powerful striker will then have a home game with Swansea to make the record his own.

And the way he is playing right now, few would be surprised if those goals just kept on flowing.

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