Arsene Wenger has given striker Olivier Giroud a ringing endorsement, saying the Frenchman is vital to how Arsenal play, but admitted he’s still on the look-out for a striker during the January transfer window.
The boss praised Giroud’s strength and his willingness to fight for the cause, revealing he needed 5 stitches in his foot after the Newcastle game and that he played for most of the second half with an open wound on his foot.
But with Theo Walcott injured and Lukas Podolski still somewhat unconvincing, the manager says he’s still got his eyes on the market.
“He was a bit tired recently but now he is refreshed, he is back, and I am sure he will have a major impact on the second part of the season,” said Wenger.
“We have small players who combine quickly, so to find someone who can hold it, keep the ball, make some room for other players. well he does that very well. He gives us a very good balance.
“He’s a tough, tough boy. Even when the medical people say he should rest, he says: ‘I’m alright’. He needed five stitches after the game at Newcastle. He played the whole game there with an open ankle and without complaining. And when I took him off, he didn’t want to come off!”
There’s still pressure for Arsenal to increase their striking power as they look to continue the fight for the league title with two teams with endless financial resources, and Wenger is looking for the right player to add something to the squad.
“That is why we are out there. Last summer I looked for a striker that could play with Giroud and without Giroud. In my mind it was not absolutely to replace Giroud, it was to play with or without him.”