Having scored three goals in three competitive fixtures – 11 in 10 if you count the pre-season fixtures – it’s understandable that Olivier Giroud is feeling pretty good about life at Arsenal right now.
While last year the Frenchman started life at the Emirates in the shadow of a certain Dutchman, this year the shadow has been cast by the prospect of high profile arrivals potentially taking his place.
Nevertheless, visibly more self-assured on the pitch, the 26-year-old believes that all he has to do is keep scoring goals and people will stop questioning his credentials.
“I am in good [form], I feel really confident in the games,” Giroud told Arsenal.com after the 3-1 victory at Fulham. “If I do the job on the pitch [there are] no more questions.
“If there is a new striker that comes in it is a good thing for the squad. I try to give my best for the team to win and nothing more.”
Tipped by Arsene Wenger for a successful second season at the club, Giroud has also been boosted by the news that team selection will be based on performance not profile even if new faces do arrive in the coming week.
“His second season is always better than his first one,” the boss said of Giroud after he opened the scoring at Craven Cottage.
“You could see as well technically today that he was quite impressive. His physical presence up front is very important and I think he looks like he’s much more confident than last year.
“The new guy who [could] come in will not start [every week],” Wenger continued when asked about transfers. “We might be in the position where we buy a big player and he will not play.
“What is good in our job, it’s just about quality. Most of the time, the quality is linked with the price, but not always.”
Naturally, given Giroud is the only tried and tested central striker we have on the books at the moment (ignoring messrs, Park, Bendtner and Sanogo and assuming Poldi and Theo will forever function from out wide) it’s completely natural that the boss heaps praise and back pats on him.
As arguably the most vocal squad member on the subject of new arrivals this summer, it certainly looks as though he’s readying himself for a fight, which is good news. Let’s hope he has more gumption about him than Marouane Chamakh who seriously suffered the moment his run in the first team came under threat. He’s got better hair so that’s a good start…