Giroud one of the most well-rounded and prolific strikers in Premier League

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The stats show that Arsenal's Olivier Giroud is one of the best strikers in the Premier League.

Olivier Giroud has moved onto another level for Arsenal in 2014-15, despite spending three months on the sidelines earlier in the season.

Since returning from his foot injury in November, Giroud has been on fire in a Gunners shirt, scoring 14 goals in 20 appearances in the Premier League.

Only Diego Costa, Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and Charlie Austin have scored more goals in the league despite Giroud’s injury lay-off.

  GoalsTotal Scoring AttGoal AssistTotal Att AssistDuel WonAerial WonAccurate PassAppearancesMins Played
Olivier Giroud 14 57 3 25 127 81 393 20 1,345

He has been prolific in front of goal this term. Giroud has a conversion rate of 30.4%, which is a very healthy figure. Having lacked composure in the past, the 28-year-old has become one of the most clinical players in the division.

In terms of goals per 90 minutes, Giroud is ranked as the most prolific in the Premier League for players with 20 or more appearances, scoring at almost a goal every 90 minutes played at a rate of 0.94.

Giroud has not just become more clinical, he is also one of the most well-rounded strikers in the division. He has shown excellent distribution, ability in the air and gets plenty of shots off.

He is ranked as the sixth highest in the league for shots per 90 (3.84), with 57% of his total shots hitting the target.

Giroud’s hold up play and ability to compete in the aerial battle has also come to the fore. He has won the sixth most aerial duels per 90 (5.25), with a success rate of 53%.

The French striker also ranks sixth highest for all forwards for assists per 90 (0.2) and seventh in the key passes per 90 column (1.41).

From once lacking composure and being considered in the bracket below the best strikers in the league, Giroud has transformed into an elite striker since returning from injury.

He is both well-rounded and prolific, and Arsenal have climbed up to second in the table with Giroud a major factor behind their spurt in form.

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