The Frenchman made a real statement on his return from injury, smashing in a fantastic goal against Manchester United in the dying minutes.
He may have been criticised for spurning opportunities over the past two seasons, but he is the kind of forward who offers far more than just a goal threat.
His hold-up play has been vital for the Gunners at times, and his link up play and passing are both far better than your average target-man.
The Frenchman has the potential to form a fantastic partnership with Alexis Sanchez, who could thrive off the space he creates.
As an added bonus Giroud provides an aerial presence in both boxes, and with Arsenal’s tendency to struggle with set-pieces that is an important trait.