Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on in form striker Olivier Giroud, and claims the French forward has become a different player, according to ITV.
Wenger insists his compatriot has fantastic strength, both physically and mentally, which has helped him reach the top at the Emirates.
After making his way through the French lower leagues, Giroud has blossomed into a fantastic player since making the switch to North London. He has improved year after year, and has been a massive part of our success this season.
The boss has recognised his contribution, and had nothing but good things to say about the 28-year-old.
“Olivier Giroud has a fantastic body strength… and sometimes he needed to be challenged really physically to become really that animal he can be,” the manager said.
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“He has the kind of game which is linked with his back to goal, protection (of the ball), so he gets hit a lot, sometimes that game demands as well more commitment and toughness.
“But on the other hand, Olivier Giroud is a player who has improved tremendously technically.
“You take some pictures of Olivier Giroud when he arrived, and today he is a different player – let’s not forget this guys is 92kgs, when he walks on your feet, you feel it.”
Giroud has been heavily criticised in the past, both by Arsenal fans and neutrals. He has certainly split opinion, but there are very few questioning his credentials at the moment.
With the giant target man scoring 18 times in 27 appearances so far this season, he has been playing arguably the best football of his career. The fact that he spent months sidelined with a broken foot makes his goalscoring tally all the more impressive, and suggests that he could improve further in 2015/16.
Many still believe we need a world class forward this summer, with fans demanding a 30 goal a season striker. While you could argue that Danny Welbeck isn’t quite at the level required to deputise however, I believe Giroud has shown he is more than capable of leading the line at Arsenal as the main striker.