Olivier Giroud has always split opinion at Arsenal, but he is certainly proving the critics wrong with his fine goalscoring form at the moment.
The Frenchman insists that he doesn’t pay any attention to what people say, and is merely looking to continue improving in an Arsenal shirt, as reported by the Mirror.
The 28-year-old has scored thirteen Premier League goals this season, despite missing a large chunk of the campaign through injury.
He has been in fantastic form since the new year, and his brace against Newcastle this past weekend brings his tally to nine in nine – and 11 in 2015.
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Giroud has always been criticised by the pundits, and has regularly been chastised by the fans as well. Many believe he is not of the calibre required to take us to the next level, despite his obvious abilities and talents.
He claims he is unaffected by what others think however, and is content to play his own game and improve at his own rate.
“Since I have been at Arsenal, this is perhaps my best period. I have to continue like that. I do not want to stop there,” he told the Mirror.
“I scored 16 or 17 goals in the league last year. I would like to do better and especially help the team achieve our targets. This is the most important.
“Finish second or third would be fine, although we will be hoping Chelsea slip up. Winning the FA Cup is also an objective. I continue my progress. I feel very well at Arsenal. It is important to continue to progress.
“I did an interview a week before the match against Monaco. We had covered everything and the journalist said me: ‘Giroud, this is not the same name as Aguero or Diego Costa’.
“I simply answered that a good striker lets his statistics speak.
“I know who I am, I know what I’m saying. People who know me know that I am not pretentious.
“Obviously, it’s was not at the good moment because I lacked efficiency in that game. I did a little teasing. But it’s good to have shown mental strength to come back even stronger and prove that critics do not reach me.
“I created a shell, whether in good or bad times. I know when I’m good or not. I do not need people for that.”
If he continues in this vein of form then he should definitely be able to match last season’s tally, and considering he spent close to three months out with a broken foot, that is hugely impressive.
The prolific striker has improved in every single season at every single club he has ever been at, so it’s only natural to assume he will do the same at Arsenal.
We could probably still use reinforcements in the striking department, but is there anybody realistically at the moment who could displace Olivier Giroud?