Olivier Giroud, ArsenalArsenal striker Olivier Giroud believes that he has had a solid first season in English football.

After a stuttering start to life in the Premier League, the Frenchman has found his form of late, notching some important goals for the London club.

The 26-year-old was charged with the task of filling to void left by van Persie in Arsene Wenger’s squad, after the prolific front-man left to join Manchester United.

Although he has been criticised by some fans, Giroud feels that he has made a much better start to life at the club than his predecessor and backed up his claim by citing his goal scoring record:

“Since the beginning of the season, I registered 14 goals and given 11 assists, for the first season,” he is quoted by the Daily Star via L’Equipe.

“It is better than the start Van Persie had, even though when he arrived at Arsenal, he was younger.”

Giroud joined Arsenal from Montpellier in a £9.6m deal over the summer, following an impressive spell with the Ligue 1 club, in which they claimed the French title.

He was linked with many of Europe’s top clubs, but elected to switch to the Emirates Stadium to link up with fellow countryman Wenger.

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