Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has praised Olivier Giroud after the Frenchman bagged a brace in the 2-0 FA Cup victory over Middlesbrough on Sunday.
His tally is now 10 goals in his last 12 starts and the 28-year-old has been in sensational form since he returned from his broken ankle in late November.
Criticism of Giroud has been constant despite his respectable goal tally throughout his time here and Wenger believes our front-man has come on leaps and bounds over the past two-and-a-half years.
“Giroud is today a different player to the guy that arrived here,” Wenger told reporters following the game (via Guardian).
“He understands what top level football demands – he works with a great concentration in training and he has improved in his mobility tremendously and his technical quality. And of course his body is very strong and he uses it very well.”
Goals against the top teams was something to work on for the season and it seems that the former Montpellier man has overcome that hurdle with goals against Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United this term – with two coming away from home.
His lack of pace is an issue, but with the rapid supporting cast he has surrounding him, Giroud’s link up play is vital. Boro were bewildered by the movement of Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil all floating behind our no.12.
In terms of our attacking options, the likes of Welbeck, Sanchez and Theo Walcott can all play in different positions, which bodes well for Giroud regaining his position spearheading our attack.