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Giroud has taken this season by the scruff of the neck so far, and he receives similar treatment from Jan Vertonghen (above).
Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Has Giroud been the surprise of the season so far?
In 2012-13, he often looked more preoccupied with his hair than scoring goals. It was widely thought that there was no way that Arsene Wenger could rely on the French international for another season.
Consequently, Giroud has looked exactly like a player who knows he is fighting for his place, and the result of that will be pleasing his manager.
He has scored in every league game so far this season, a feat equalled only by Daniel Sturridge. He is constantly drifting into the areas that we expect from a seasoned striker, as opposed to last season’s sometimes rather lost performances.
Having tested the Arsenal fans’ patience last year, there is no better way to fully endear himself than to score against Tottenham Hotspur.
Giroud opened the game with a run into the Spurs six-yard box to neatly tap in Theo Walcott’s cross, which turned out to be the only goal of the North London derby. The industrial showing from the 26-year-old nearly saw him grab a second. Collecting the ball on the edge of the Spurs box, he controlled well and struck for goal, his deflected shot just rolling wide of Hugo Lloris' post.
With an apparent new-found level of confidence on the rise and the goals going in, it looks as though this could be quite an affirming season for Giroud.