Charlie Nicholas backs Arsenal's Olivier Giroud over Chelsea's Diego Costa

Former Arsenal star Charlie Nicholas has given his support to Olivier Giroud.

As Arsenal take on Chelsea in this weekend’s biggest and most talked-about fixture, Premier League observers such as Charlie Nicholas are already discussing key battles, as per the Daily Star.

Francis Coquelin and Nemanja Matic, Santi Cazorla and Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez are among those that whet the appetite.

But arguably the most intriguing of the lot is the battle between the teams respective number one strikers and their similar styles – French international Olivier Giroud and Brazilian-born scorer Diego Costa.

The duo have performed superbly throughout the campaign, but owing to his recent run of form since the turn of the year, former Gunner Nicholas sees a clear winner between the two.

“Up front on his own, I’d have Olivier Giroud over Diego Costa," the Gunners idol was quoted as saying by the Daily Star. “Look at Giroud’s stats, he’s been sensational when he’s been fit this season.”

“He’s turning into the perfect Premier League striker with his power, touch, heading ability and confidence – he’s really moved up a level this year.”

As per an article published by HITC using statistical data provided by Opta Stats, Giroud has undoubtedly been the Premier League’s best striker over the past eight weeks.

The former Montpellier man has notched six goals in his last six matches, while also contributing with the most key passes on average per Premier League encounter.

His overall distribution, hold-up play and goals-to-game ratio in recent months has been nothing short of fabulous and he’s a player Jose Mourinho’s men will have to keep a close eye on at the Emirates.

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