Arsene Wenger has confirmed his happiness with fellow Frenchman Olivier Giroud, stating that he believes the £13m man has settled in “extremely well” at the Emirates, reports The
Giroud’s misses meant Arsenal could only secure a goalless draw with Everton on Tuesday, while in the previous season former striker Robin van Persie settled the same fixture – and some fans believe that this fact highlights the problem with Giroud – that while he is a good player, he is not world class.
Wenger, however, believes the comparison between the two strikers is tiresome, and insisted that considering Giroud is still in his first season in England he has adapted very well.
He said: “He gave a lot until now and for his first season, he is doing extremely well.
“He has a fantastic attitude. He is a little bit different to the strikers we used to have but he gives us another dimension with the physical challenge in the air. He has scored 17 goals in all competitions, 11 in the championship and for a first season, that is quite good.
“He wants to play every single game. He has good physical potential and basic stamina and he can absorb the games, and the body-to-body because he’s a strong guy. I think you will see more from him next season. There’s a lot more to come from him.
“He is very extrovert but, as well, he has a basic positive nature. He is desperate to do well but he is not the one who hides after. He stands up for what he has done and I feel he deals quite well with that.”
Wenger also appears to be concentrating on the club’s next game with Fulham as opposed to the big clash with Man United next week, in a game which could see the Red Devils secure their 20th Premier League title at the home of one of their greatest rivals.
United could potentially see that accolade won at home to Aston Villa on Monday, and should they do so it is thought that Arsenal would feel obliged to form a guard of honour for the new champions – including former striker van Persie, who left the Emirates for United last summer.
Wenger refused to be drawn on the scenario, saying: “I don’t see why we should today speak about Man United. Ask me that question next week. Man United have won the title. Do they win it here or somewhere else? It is done.”
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