Arsene Wenger insists he has no problem playing to the aerial strength of Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, describing the France international as typical Premier League centre-forward, the
Giroud moved to the Emirates Stadium in the summer, having scored the goals that took Montpellier to a surprise Ligue 1 title win. After an initial period of settling in, the target man has hit four goals in his last five games, including a brace against Fulham, to take his tally to seven for his new club this season. Giroud began the campaign without a goal in his first six games.
Wenger however believes that the 26-year-old is a typical English striker, strong in the air and capable of holding the ball up, and adds that he will not hesitate to use Giroud’s positive attributes despite the resultant change in the style of his side’s play.
The managed said: “ He is typically English. I believe he has the characteristics of a centre-forward I like in England. He is one the best headers, yes.
“We have adapted to his [Giroud’s] strengths. When you cross the ball, you still think you have a chance to win the header whereas before it was a counter-attack chance!”
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