Olivier Giroud is finally starting to produce the kind of form which convinced Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to part with £12 million to sign him from Montpellier in the summer.
The Frenchman was top scorer in Ligue 1 last season, firing 21 goals to help his former employers to a surprise title win, but initially struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League.
However, the tide is now turning for Giroud, who has notched five goals in his last four appearances for the Gunners to take him on to a very respectable 14 for the season in all competitions.
There has been plenty of evidence in recent weeks that the understanding between Giroud and fellow forwards Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski is developing well and that can only be good news for Arsenal as they enter the final third of the campaign.
As well as a new-found confidence in his finishing abilities, the 26-year-old has improved immeasurably with his back to goal, as shown by his haul of ten assists since arriving in north London.
And while a tough Premier League trip to Sunderland awaits the Gunners on Saturday, the immediate focus for Giroud will be helping France to a friendly victory over Germany this evening.
There is no splitting the two international giants in the betting, with both priced up at 8/5 for the win and the draw available at 23/10.
But a look at the statistics suggests Les Bleus may have the edge – and Arsenal fans could do far worse than have a punt on their big striker to get on the scoresheet.
After all, Germany have a poor recent record in friendlies, winning just two of the last eight and conceding 12 goals in those games, and their squad has been decimated by injuries and withdrawals, particularly in midfield.
Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Gotze and Marco Reus will all miss out, while veteran goal-grabber Miroslav Klose suffered a serious knee injury playing for Lazio at the weekend.
France have won four of their last five games against Germany, the most recent being a 2-1 win in Bremen in February 2012 – a game in which Giroud grabbed the opener.
Giroud is 6/1 to repeat the feat against Joachim Loew’s men, while he can be backed at 17/10 to notch at any time.
And even if the return of Karim Benzema means he is forced to start on the bench – although that is by no means certain, as the Real Madrid man could be deployed off him – he will certainly get game time in the second half and looks a great shout at 6/1 for the final goal.
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Of course, the clash in Paris this evening will see Giroud go head-to-head with Podolski, who has also started to deliver some promising displays for Arsenal on the left of their three-pronged attack.
The former Cologne man is not certain of a start but can be backed at 2/1 to score at any time, while he is a 7/1 chance to open the scoring and the same to provide the last strike of the evening.
But whatever happens at Stade de France, one thing is for sure: with Giroud and Podolski in tow, there is plenty for Gunners fans to be optimistic about as some major challenges, both at home and in Europe, loom on the horizon.