The France international has been in impeccable form this season and scored both of the Gunners’ goals as the north Londoners ran out 2-0 winners over Southampton on Saturday.
The Frenchman has featured in every one of Arsenal’s Premier League matches this term, scoring 7 goals in 12 appearances. He also has 3 goals to his name in the Champions League, which means he has netted an impressive 10 goals in 19 appearances this season.
Wenger says he is delighted and believes that the aerial threat posed by the 27 year old is harder to come by in modern day football.
Speaking to the Arsenal official website, he said:
I like his play. He has improved his link play with the other players, he is dangerous in every single game. Is he the best in his type of play? I like what he does.
There is plenty of this type of player, [but] you had more before. If you go back to the 1960s and ’70s and look at the strikers who were good in the air and English, [they were at] every single club.
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And tell me now today have you got same number? I’m not even talking about quality, but have you got the same number who go in for crosses, go in the air?
We teach more play on the ground, we have better training pitches. Before, even in the games in the 1950s, you had to lift the ball and bump it forward and you needed somebody who could fight for the ball.
Today we educate more on the ground. Maybe we pay a bit of a price of having less people who are ready to go for this kind of [aerial] ball.
Giroud has been a true workaholic. He puts in tireless shift after tireless shift and is always happy to take the knocks for the benefit of the team. He also helps out in defence when our opponents have a set piece proving plenty of effective clearances. His strength is phenomenal and he seems able to bully even the biggest and hardest defenders in the league, retaining possession against all the odds. His first touch and link-up play have been first rate and his finishing has improved too too.
He has been superb so far this season but I think we need an additional striker in January, not to replace the Frenchman but to provide a backup when he gets injured and also to assist him when the situation demands. Both Walcott and Podolski have proved that they can play up top in their career, although the question can still be asked whether either can fill in with the kind of physical hold up play Giroud has excelled at. The success of the Gunners season will virtually depend on how they approach the January window in their search for a striker, unless of course Giroud can remain fit for the entire season.
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