Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed striker Olivier Giroud to have a great second season in England after seeing the Frenchman score twice in the first pre-season game of their Far East tour.
Giroud, who scored 17 goals in all competitions last season, came off the bench against Indonesia XI and quickly turned home two Bacary Sagna crosses to give Arsenal a comfortable 7-0 win in their return to football after the summer break.
Despite having an impressive debut season in England, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is still eyeing a new striker for the new campaign with the likes of; Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Gonzalo Higuain all being linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.
However, the Gunners boss has given Giroud some encouragement by admitting that he is a big fan of the ex-Montpellier striker.
Wenger told reporters: "I like Olivier very much. He scored 17 goals in his first year in England when he needed to adapt and I'm sure he will respond."
Arsene Wenger was talking after his side thrashed an Indonesia team 7-0 thanks to goals from; Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud (x2), Lukas Podolski, Thomas Eisfeld, Chuba Akpom and Kris Olsson.
"It's been a very positive night for us," Wenger added.
"Everyone did very well. We played with pace, good passing and technical skill and we could also test some of our young players tonight.
"We were faithful to our game and we were rewarded with seven goals and a very good performance from all the players.
"Although it was only 1-0 at half-time, it became a very big win the last 20 minutes when we changed some players when Indonesia were tiring.
"The difference was our physical power and though there is still a lot of work to do before we are ready for the new season, this is a good start."
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