Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez after the pair scored a goal each in the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Premier League strugglers Queens Park Rangers, ESPN has reported.
Giroud opened the scoring just after the hour mark and Sanchez doubled the lead five minutes later as Wenger’s side established a two-goal lead at Loftus Road. Charlie Austin halved the deficit late on but Arsenal were able to keep the R’s at bay and record a fourth consecutive league victory, maintaining their third-place spot in the table.
The France striker had however come under fire for a profligate performance as Arsenal were beaten by Monaco at home in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 fixture, while Sanchez was on a scoring drought, having failed to find the target in his last eight games after a prolific start to his Arsenal career following his summer move from Barcelona.
Wenger though defended Giroud from criticism and hailed the mind set of Sanchez after he rediscovered the scoring touch. “It’s good because when you don’t score for seven or eight games it is on your mind even if you say it’s not,” Wenger admitted regarding the Chile international. 2 But he took his chance well and he’s tricky and has a short back-lift and scored a good goal.
“He never gives up and that’s the strength of a good striker as well. He’s resilient and he showed that he has the mental strength to respond.
“[Giroud] has that mental strength as well, he’s strong mentally too,” the long-serving boss continued. “He can take criticism and respond, and he’s shown that.
“I feel that was a bit harsh on him because he missed some chances but that can happen. We were all down after the Monaco game, but we responded well against Everton, and the confidence we got against Everton paid off.”
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