Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud underlines what he is doing more this season

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud seems pleased with his contribution this season.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has highlighted on the club's official website a difference in his performance between this season and previous campaigns.

The France international has pointed out that he is scoring against the Premier League’s bigger teams more regularly this term.

“We all want to score against these [big] teams and it was a great feeling to do it, especially because last season I didn’t score too much against the big four,” Giroud told Arsenal’s official website. “Those were great goals for me and I want to score one more against them.

“I try to bring something to the team. Especially in big games, you need to be ready. Sometimes you have doubts and it’s not easy. You miss confidence and everything can go the wrong way.”

Giroud has scored 18 goals in all competitions this season, five of which have come against Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool.

It is a laudable return indeed, but for the main striker of a team challenging for top honours, this should be the norms.

The 28-year-old is one of the better strikers in the Premier League, but he is not world class - he lacks that ‘special extra’.

However, Giroud has done the job for Arsenal over the past three seasons or so and remains the Gunners’ first-choice centre-forward.

The former Montpellier star has scored 14 goals and created 26 chances in 24 Premier League appearances this campaign.

Last season Giroud scored 16 goals and created 37 chances in 36 league matches, while in 2012-13, the former Tours man found the target 11 times and created 34 chances in 34 Premier League games.

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