Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud believes his impressive form is because he is feeling more settled in North London.
The Frenchman had the daunting task of replacing Robin Van Persie at the Emirates Stadium after he joined from Montpellier and despite scoring 17-goals in all competitions, a lot of fans still didn’t think he was good enough to be the leading striker at the club.
However, an impressive pre-season and a great start to the new Premier League campaign and has seen a lot of people go back on their original thoughts.
So far Giroud has scored four goals out of four games in the league and he believes feeling settled is the reason behind that.
“I’m really happy with our start to the season and mine in particular,” said Giroud.
“I had a full pre-season, which wasn’t the case last season when I had more pressure as well.
“I’m in form and I haven’t missed any training sessions, so touch wood that it continues. I eased into the season with some goals in pre-season and it has carried on. It goes hand in hand with the team’s form at the moment.
“This is what we have been missing in recent seasons. We would often be lagging behind at the start.
“But the fact we lost the first game at the Emirates (to Aston Villa) shook us up a bit and we reacted well, we’ve scored a lot of goals. Of course, I would like to score more than last season, more than 17 goals in all competitions.
“Normally my second seasons are better and more prolific in terms of goals. I’m loving it in this team and feeling good. So why not?
“I’m feeling better and better, but I still think I have room for improvement and can do better.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt