Arsene Wenger names star striker’s key area to improve

Olivier Giroud

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has called on French striker Olivier Giroud to improve his heading in front of goal.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has backed the recent form of Olivier Giroud and believes the French international has turned a corner.

The former Montpellier striker has had a tough second season at the Emirates, often being the scapegoat during Arsenal’s poor run of form since the turn of the year.

Criticism of the 27-year-old has been harsh, and he has often struggled with the lack of competition to his starting role after the club failed to buy a striker during the January transfer window.

His form had undoubtedly dropped, coinciding with Arsenal’s poor performances throughout February and March as the Gunners dropped from the Premier League summit to as low as fifth place.

Following Giroud’s wonderful goal during the Gunners’ 3-1 home victory over West Ham United in midweek, the striker’s season tally now stands at 20 in all competitions – three more than what he achieved last season.

Whilst Arsene Wenger was keen to praise his striker’s progress, he still feels the Frenchman could get even better and pinpointed a key area for him to improve.

“He is a strong lad, a ­positive guy. He has a great mentality, that’s what got him back. He has scored 20 goals [this season] – that is a great record – and he is working very hard for the team.” He was quoted by The Mirror.

“Maybe he has improved his finishing but there is still some room for ­improvement. You expect him to score more headers.”

“He wins a lot of headers coming from deep, but with the headers coming from wide areas he still has room for improvement.”

  TeamPosAtt Hd TotalAtt Hd TargetAtt Hd MissAtt Hd GoalAppsMins
Olivier Giroud Arsenal FW 23 1 20 2 32 2,759

Arsene Wenger's judgement in this aspect appears to hold weight.

Olivier Giroud has attempted 23 headers on goal this season, with two finding the net, one being saved and a whopping 20 missing the target.

If the Frenchman wants to be renowned as a modern-day worldclass centre-forward in the mould of Mario Mandzukic and Diego Costa, his heading ability in front of goal surely needs a lot of work on the training ground.

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