Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has often been criticised for his ability in front of goal, but the Frenchman has netted six times since the start of the season.
He’s averaging a goal every 84 minutes. Goals against Stoke City, Bayern Munich and Everton all came courtesy of the 29-year-old’s forehead.
By now, it shouldn’t surprise us.
Since Giroud signed for the Gunners back in 2012, nobody in the Premier League has scored more headed goals. His header against Everton on Saturday was his 14th headed Premier League goal since he joined Arsenal, an impressive tally. Christian Benteke has also managed 14 Premier League goals with his head in that time, while Romelu Lukaku and Peter Crouch have scored 10 each.
His strength and size make him dangerous in the air, but his heading is probably underrated. Theo Walcott has been starting up front for Arsenal more regularly this season, but Giroud has taken his chances when on the pitch.
After a long time, Arsenal now have two very different options up front and can use whichever is more suitable for a certain opponent. As long as Giroud continues impressing in the air, he’ll add huge value to the squad.