Lethal Arsenal star gets a welcome price boost for Burnley visit

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The race for the Premier League’s golden boot may seem like Diego Costa, Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero are approaching the last fence well clear of their rivals, but Olivier Giroud is haring up the inside with plenty still in the tank.

Arsenal’s French striker has found a lethal streak as the top-flight campaign winds into the home straight and is the in-form frontman in the division heading into the latest round of fixtures.

Five goals in his last four all-competition appearances is nothing to be baulked at, while wider returns of 10 strikes in as many outings indicate just how dangerous the former Montpellier striker is in front of the net at the moment.

With all that in mind, news that Ladbrokes have decided to boost the number 12’s price to score the first goal of the Gunners trip to face Burnley will certainly be widely well received.

What was a 7/2 chance with the firm is now available to back at 9/2, which should ensure the Frenchman receives plenty of support in the market, if he wasn’t set to already.

While it is all well and good having scoring form behind you, it takes a different breed to fulfil the dreams of punters backing you to bag the game’s first goal and, luckily, Giroud is up to that task.

Six of his 14 Premier League goals this season have set the scoreboard rolling, while he’s managed seven in the first half and that same amount when playing away from the Emirates Stadium.

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