Giroud still important to Arsenal, insists Koscielny

Laurent Koscielny believes that if Arsenal are to have a successful season, Olivier Giroud will contribute to it, despite being ruled out for half of the campaign with a broken foot, according to ESPN.

Giroud was injured playing for the Gunners against Everton in a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park and isn’t expected back until the New Year. Manager Arsene Wenger added more firepower to his squad over the summer in the shape of Alexis Sanchez and, following Giroud’s injury, moved for Manchester United’s England striker Danny Welbeck.

Koscielny insists however that his fellow France international can still prove pivotal, once he returns to action. “Olivier is an important player for us. He’s very strong during the game and he’s scored a lot of goals,” the centre-back said. “So for us it’s very difficult to lose him. But I know him and I know he will come back stronger.

“He will want to show everyone that he can be a very good player and a good striker in the Premier League and in Europe. It is important for us that Olivier keeps this mentality and comes back stronger for us,” he continued.

“When you are injured for three, four or five months, the most difficult thing is to keep motivated and be happy enough to come back. He knows all of the players are with him to help him to come back quickly, stronger, because we need to play with him to score a lot of goals. He will be very important for us in the last six months of the season.”

Giroud moved to the Emirates Stadium in 2012, having won the Ligue 1 title with Montpellier. He has scored 41 goals in 102 games for Arsenal, including 22 last season, and has nine goals in 35 appearances for his country.

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