Olivier Giroud set to return as Arsenal eye top spot

France forward Olivier Giroud has provided his side's main goal-threat but concern about a lack of back-up was brought into focus when he missed the last two games to give him a much needed rest.

updated: January 12, 2014 12:12 IST
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Birmingham: Olivier GiroudOlivier Giroud will return to boost Arsenal's hopes of returning to the top of the Premier League when they travel to face Aston Villa on Monday.

Chelsea's victory at Hull on Saturday dislodged Arsene Wenger's side from the summit, but a fourth successive league victory will ensure the Gunners are once again setting the pace in the title race by the time they leave Villa Park.

The prospect of Arsenal topping the table early in the new year was hard to imagine when they were booed off following the 3-1 home defeat to Villa on the opening day. But since that low point Arsenal have been transformed, with Giroud's eight league goals a major factor in the north London club's success.

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