Even though it has taken Arsenal’s two top scorers this season (Walcott 18, Giroud 14) to match Robin van Persie’s current 30-goal haul, the Gunners are not missing their former skipper and talisman.
That is the opinion of Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna, whose initial reaction of RVP’s sale to Manchester United was to doubt his own future at the Emirates.
But now, even while United lord it over Arsenal by 21 league points thanks to van Persie’s goals, Sagna is claiming that the Dutchman has been adequately replaced.
He says that players like Walcott, Giroud, Lukas Podolksi and Santi Cazorla are sharing the goal burden, making RVP but a pleasant memory in North London.
"We relied on Robin a lot last year," Sagna said, according to Soccernet.
"He was in top form, he used to score in every game and he was our main striker.
"Now we have some diversity. Everyone can score and everyone can be dangerous. It's good for the team.
"It feels like they've always been here and they can score great goals at any time. Everyone is getting more confident."
Giroud in particular has Sagna relegating thoughts of RVP to the back of his mind, as the muscular front-man begins to exert his influence on the Gunners attack.
"He's totally different. Physically he's very strong and he has a different style," Sagna said of his French international team-mate Giroud.
"We used to play with Robin, who was skilful, and previously with Emmanuel Adebayor, who was tall but skinny. Giroud is a totally different striker and we can use him differently."