Olivier Giroud has become the third fastest Arsenal player to reach 50 goals in Premier League history, knocking Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp down a place in the rankings.
The Frenchman gets a huge amount of stick from pundits and fans, but the stats show he’s up there with some of the best strikers in the game – both past and present.
The striker has taken just 113 games to reach the half century mark, with only Ian Wright and Thierry Henry ahead of him in the list – hardly bad company.
Giroud grabbed his fourth goal in four days against Aston Villa this past Sunday afternoon, converting from the spot after Theo Walcott won the penalty (check out the goal here).
He sent Brad Guzan the wrong way, smashing into the open side of the goal. The Aston Villa fans were furious with the decision to award a penalty, but replays showed it was definitely the correct decision.
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Giroud has been criticised in the past for his goalscoring among other things, with fans demanding a better striker in every single transfer window. And while we could certainly use reinforcements in the striking department, the criticism Giroud receives is clearly a little harsh.
He does an excellent job for us on a consistent basis, and deserves the plaudits he’s been getting recently for his fine form.
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Hopefully he continues in this vein, and he keeps firing goals in as we look to lift our first Premier League trophy in years.
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