Thomas Vermaelen has praised teammate Olivier Giroud ahead of Arsenal's game with Fulham at the Emirates Stadium.
Vermaelen has struggled to break into Arsenal's first team this season, even though he remains the Gunners' club captain.
The Belgian is currently injured with a knee problem which has kept him out since the FA Cup tie with Tottenham at the beginning of January.
The club captain believes striker Giroud is an important part of the team, reports Arsenal Player:
"He is very important because he can hold the ball really well, he’s a very strong player physically and can score goals as well.
“When you’re under pressure sometimes it’s good to know that there is somebody up front who you can play a long ball to and he will hold it for you. Then we can move up as a team.”
Giroud has scored nine goals this season, and scored the winner against Aston Villa on Monday night to send Arsenal back to top of the Premier League.
The Frenchman has scored two goals in his last two appearances and has got five assists so far this campaign.
Giroud had an injury after the Newcastle match at the end of December and the Gunners will look to keep him fit now he is back for the rest of the season so they can remain in pole position for the title.
The French international is likely to spearhead the Arsenal attack when they take on Fulham on Saturday. The game finished 3-3 last year in a thrilling game where Mikel Arteta missed a penalty in the last second.
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