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Wenger not surprised by Giroud improvement

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Arsene Wenger has stated he is not surprised by the development if his French striker, Olivier Giroud.

Arsenal's French striker has scored five goals in nine appearances this campaign, helping the Gunner's to top of the league, and putting them two points ahead of Liverpool and north London rivals Tottenham.

The Gunner's travelled to the Liberty Stadium last weekend winning 2-1 and now face Napoli in the Champions League in midweek.

Giroud, who joined Arsenal in June 2012 from Ligue 1 champions Montpellier, has been in impressive form to date and Wenger believes the improvement the striker's made is not a surprise.

"I am never surprised by the improvement of the players, because that gives you the feeling that we are doing the right things, so I do not want to diminish that too much," said Wenger, who has been at Arsenal for 17 years.

Olivier Giroud has historically always had a better second season everywhere he has played.

For him, the jump from Montpellier to Arsenal was quite big. In the first season, it is always quite difficult.

"He is already [one of the leading strikers in Europe]. I do not calculate like that, I just think will he improve, be better in all the aspects of his game? As long as all the aspects are there, the attitude is there as well, then at 27 you always think the best years are coming for him now," said Wenger.

The Arsenal boss added to his squad in the summer, most notably signing Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid on deadline day, but the Gunner's boss also secured the signature of Mathieu Flamini who he singled out for praise.

The Arsenal manager feels the contribution of Flamini has been key to the good form the Gunner's have shown at the start of the season.

"Many people questioned us when we did that but since he played he has done very well. Overall, what is most important is the balance of the team and that on every day when your team plays, you get that balance right," said the French manager.

"Flamini contributes to that and that's why I think he could contribute to the success of the team. But we have Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey who can do that and many players who can play this role."

The Arsenal boss also praised former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez ahead of their Champions League clash, insisting the work he did at Stamford Bridge will soon be appreciated.

"People were tough with him because people did not expect him to go to Chelsea, but he did very well and dealt with it. In the end, with the time going on, people will realise he has done well," said the 63-year-old.

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