Olivier Giroud has now netted nine Premier League goals this term despite having only started in the lone striker role on seven occasions for Arsenal.

He has responded well in the presence of adversity and despite constant criticism about his lack of a clinical edge in-front of goal, he is dispelling suggestions that he’s not good enough for Arsène Wenger’s men in impressive fashion.

He brings a different dimension to Arsenal’s play going forward and saying he’s a handful for opposition defences is an understatement to say the least. Increasingly willing to get involved in build-up play and intricate moves forward, he makes up for his lack of acceleration with key attack positioning and is able to use his large frame to good use too.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Olivier Giroud #12 of Arsenal celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on January 1, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

So how much is Giroud worth in the current market?

Having signed a contract extension earlier this season, taking a paycut into the bargain, the 30-year-old Frenchman has been an Arsenal player since the summer of 2012 and despite a clear divide between supporters as to whether he’s world-class or not, his contributions in-front of goal are not to be sniffed at.

95 goals and 40 assists in 218 club appearances for a player who was virtually unknown during the season before he joined for a fee of £12m is definitely a bargain.

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He has averaged a goal or assist at Arsenal every 106 minutes.

To compare, Alexis’ rate is 104.

Giroud scores every 151 minutes. Alexis? 171.

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Arsenal’s French striker Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English FA Cup third round football match between Preston North End and Arsenal at Deepdale in north west England on January 7, 2017. (Picture source: Lindsey Parnaby / AFP / Getty Images)

Transfer fees have been heavily inflated over the past few seasons but it’s evident that Arsenal have a bonafide centre forward in Giroud – one they’ve been developing for half a decade.

If they wanted to look for a new acquisition in attack who could replicate Giroud’s success, regardless of their age, they would have to cough up in excess of £30m.

Plenty of media outlets are quick to praise Harry Kane on his success and the way he has shunned an unwelcome tag of the ‘one-season wonder’, but Giroud has had to do the same for a number of years now. His level of consistency in the final third has improved with time and experience, something which is evident this campaign alone.

Even when he seems to be on the periphery, Giroud’s ability to get involved with play and create a chance is unrivalled.

Strikers like Kévin Gameiro and Carlos Bacca have been linked with moves to Arsenal in the past but despite hype about their goalscoring ability, Olivier is an invaluable asset worth £30m+ to the Gunners and his contract extension is testament to that.

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