Arsene Wenger says he’s very pleased that the goals are flowing for Olivier Giroud because it means the French striker can now focus on improving his all round game.
The summer signing bagged his fifth goal in a week against Liverpool on Wednesday to take his overall tally to 14 but with 10 assists to his name is also proving a vital cog in Arsenal’s attacking machinery.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Stoke City, the boss admitted that he was glad the former Montpellier man had overcome a nervous start to life in London:
“I’m very happy because that’s a question mark when you buy a striker and he doesn’t score goals; people tell you, ‘Yes OK, maybe he’s good but he doesn’t score goals.’
“The fact that he gets that out of the way and hopefully focuses on just integrating with our team play makes me very happy. If a striker doesn’t score he always focuses only on that.
“Once the goals come naturally he can focus on other things that are important in the efficiency of the team.”
While Giroud obviously represents a physical presence more than capable of winning headers and providing knock downs, it has been the delicacy of his touch in and around the penalty area which has also captured the imagination of Gunners fans.
The French international clipped beautiful balls for Podolski and Gibbs to score stunning volleys against Montpellier and Swansea respectively, before teeing up Theo Walcott’s equaliser on Wednesday.
Reflecting on Giroud’s ‘good touch for a big man’ status, Walcott spoke warmly about his teammate’s form:
“It was a fantastic touch for [my goal] and his goal was what he is known for,” Walcott told Arsenal Player. “He has been on fire in recent weeks and he is great to play with.
“His touch [for the equaliser] was fantastic and allowed me to hit it first time – I think I caught the keeper by surprise. It was a great moment but it’s just a shame we didn’t get the win.”
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