Olivier Giroud might possibly be the most under-rated striker in Europe, nevermind the Premier League.

Netting his seventh and eighth goals in the last six games, the Frenchman has responded brilliantly to his Monaco debacle, scoring in all four league games since.

Taking his tally to 17 for the season, with four assists, Arsene Wenger was praising him again after the match against Newcastle, as were the rest of us.

Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring his second goal with Francis Coquelin and Calum Chambers
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – MARCH 21: Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates scoring his second goal with Francis Coquelin and Calum Chambers of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James’ Park on March 21, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Speaking to the media after the game, Arsene Wenger said

“He scores the goals, he fights hard and keeps the ball up front. He had a good game again today.”

It’s easy to forget that this is a striker who missed a large chunk of the season with a broken leg yet has come back stronger and sharper.

On form, he’s the best striker in the league at the minute no matter how many times people try to tell you it’s Harry Kane.

It isn’t.

It’s Giroud, whose all-around game is superior, as is his integral defensive contribution.

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