The 27 year old has been in sublime form and has already scored eight goals in 15 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners.
The French international admitted that he worked hard in pre season and his confidence has been boosted by manager Arsene Wenger’s faith in him.
Speaking to the Arsenal official website, he said:
I think technically I had it before, maybe I progressed because we have worked on it a lot in training.
It is also [down to] confidence. I did well from the start of the season, I had good preparation with the team – instead of last season when I wasn’t here from the beginning – and I scored early in the pre-season games.
I feel really confident, the boss made me feel good and that is why I feel good and try to improve every day. It is all about confidence I think.
Giroud’s desire to be a provider as a well as a finisher has helped him to become a central figure in Arsenal’s plans, with his role in Jack Wilshere’s goal against Norwich an example of his quality as a team player. He added:
It is a great thing because the goal was shown all over the world – I am proud of it.
It is a quality when you are a striker to not always be greedy and when you have a team-mate well placed on the pitch, in a good position, you have to assist him.
Strikers are judged on their goals but we must also [provide] assists and that is what I try to do: help my team-mates.
It is easy to play with people like Jack, Mesut, Santi or Tomas – all my offensive team-mates. We have good relationships on the pitch and when we play one-touch football like [against Norwich], it is a pleasure.
We try to do it in every game, and when we succeed it is fantastic.
Giroud joined Arsenal from Montpellier in 2012 and made a decent start to his career at the Emirates. He finished with 17 goals and 11 assists last season, not a bad start considering it was his first year in England. However he did face some criticism, which was unfair considering the fact that many expected him to emulate Van Persie’s excellent performances from the season before.
However the Frenchman has been in superb form this season. He already has netted eight goals in all competitions and looks a far more confident performer all round. He has looked like a predator in the six yard box this season and although he looks like a old school number nine due to his frame, build and height, he is more than that – he can round off team moves while assisting his team-mates.
The Gunners fans will be hoping that Giroud will be at his goal scoring best against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, as Arsenal look to bounce back from the midweek defeat to Chelsea in the League Cup.
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