3 best Arsenal strikers of the Emirates era

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From Victor Osimhen to Joshua Zirkzee, it is hard to get through the day without seeing a new centre-forward linked to the club. Despite scoring 88 goals in the league last season and 62 goals in the league so far this term, Arsenal are still lacking a consistent goalscorer.

Over the years, the Gunners have been gifted with some of the absolute greats up-front. Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp and, of course, the legendary Thierry Henry come straight to mind, but the list could go on and on.

Currently, Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah are considered the club’s main centre-forwards, but due to a lack of clinical finishing and injuries, Mikel Arteta has resorted to a period of experimentation up top.

Since the move to the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal’s strikers have been hit and miss, but some players have shone above the rest.

These are the three best strikers of the Emirates era.

3. Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud
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Olivier Giroud joined the club at the age of 25 in 2012 from Montpellier. Initially planned to play alongside Robin van Persie, the Frenchman ended up being his main replacement.

Giroud made 253 appearances for the club, netting 105 times. He is one of only 19 players to score 100 or more goals for the club. The Frenchman may not have been the quickest player in the world, but what he lacked in pace, he made up for in the rest of his game.

The forward was great in the air without sacrificing any ability with the ball at his feet. He also knew how to find a teammate, as evidenced by his 41 assists for the club. In 2017, Giroud won the Puskas Award for his scorpion finish against Crystal Palace.

As well as the Puskas, Giroud also won three FA Cups and three Community Shields during his time in north London. Some fans criticise him for not scoring more, especially in the 2015/16 season where we finished second behind Leicester, but that burden cannot be placed solely on Giroud. The Frenchman eventually left the club for London rivals Chelsea in January 2018, making way for the arrival of...

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