Olivier Giroud is a better player than he was last summer, that is the view of his manager Arsene Wenger after his fruitful start to the campaign, reports The London Evening Standard.
After a summer of speculation linking Arsenal with new strikers, no major moves materialised and the Frenchman is now expected to lead the attack, with little help either.
Injury to Lukas Podolski together with the sale of Marouane Chamakh has left the Gunners short of offensive options, Nicklas Bendtner is the only other recognised senior forward and he isn't fit either.
However, the former Montpellier man has taken the responsibility in his stride and has hit five goals in the Premier League and Champions League already.
After losing their first game to Aston Villa, the North London club have gone on to win six consecutive games and are now second in the League behind Liverpool only.
Wenger praised the man he signed last season: “Every day when he opened a newspaper he saw another striker coming here but he didn’t say anything. For me that’s the best answer you can give when you’re a football player. Don’t talk too much, play and show how good you are. Many people forget that sometimes but that’s the core of your job.
“I believe he has improved technically in his link play and that will come out throughout the season. He has a huge physical presence that is very difficult to find these days. This season is a big test for Olivier but I’m sure he will have a great season.
“He has a kind of positive mentality that comes out. He has a good self-esteem that is a very important quality because when you’re a striker you have to deal with a lot of pressure. It doesn’t affect him too much when he doesn’t always score but, overall, I think he has a very strong mentality.”
Manchester United and England superstar Wayne Rooney was one of the strikers linked with a move to The Emirates Stadium.
The 63-year-old manager was committal on the Rooney situation: “I think he will stay there now because he was not sold by United in the transfer window, but he continues to do exactly the same [as Giroud by focusing on his football], and that is the right attitude.”
Arsenal welcome Stoke City to London this weekend in the Premier League.
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