Mathieu Flamini says that Olivier Giroud’s recent performances have been a response to his place in the side being under threat from Theo Walcott.
The Frenchman has been more or less the main striker at the club since his £12m move from Montpellier in 2012, but this season found himself benched as Arsene Wenger used the England international up top.
Giroud’s response has drawn praise from Flamini, who says competition for places is a fact of life at a big club.
“Competition is very important in the big teams,” he said. “It makes players stronger and that is what happened.
“It is tough competition up front and Olivier is responding very well because he is playing better and better. That is part of the game and if you want to play at a big club you have that competition.”
Arsenal’s Head of Pointing At Things also said the midweek hat-trick was just reward for his performances of late.
“All great strikers have to respond in the big games,” he continued. “It was a great performance from him and he helped the team very much. He is a top scorer.
“He deserves the credit and I think he gets it. I have not seen it anywhere or from anyone that he is not a top goalscorer. He is proving it on the pitch so is doing very well. I am glad and happy for him.”
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