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Underlying all the aforementioned is Giroud’s confidence after a successful first season in English football.
When he traveled to East Asia during Arsenal’s preseason tour, he was obviously a different player. His new physical prowess and ruthlessness with the goal at his mercy were obvious, but, crucially, he had developed the swagger necessary to apply these new skills.
It was odd to see the physically imposing Giroud wither against elite opposition last season when it was obvious that he possessed a rare blend of size and technical nous. Now he has shed the fetters of his timidity, and has become a vital cog in Arsenal’s attack.
It is not a coincidence that there have been virtually no suggestions that Arsenal will purchase a world-class striker in January.