Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has welcomed back teammate Olivier Giroud and outlined the striker’s unique attributes and importance to the side.
The French international has endured a difficult campaign this season after picking up an injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, minutes after scoring a late equaliser.
Initial scans and examinations showed a broken left tibia and the former Montpellier striker was expected to face at least four months on the sidelines.
Yet, fortunately for the Gunners, Giroud has seemingly returned to full fitness earlier than anticipated and marked his return with a 13-minute cameo in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United last weekend.
Evidently back in the swing of things, boss Arsene Wenger decided to hand the 28-year-old a start in yesterday’s clash at West Bromwich Albion, and the gamble paid off as the North Londoners edged a 1-0 victory.
His return was met with delight from the French boss, and those thoughts were similarly echoed by teammate Aaron Ramsey as he told Arsenal.com of the striker’s importance to the team.
“It is nice to have him back in the squad. He holds the ball up well, he links play and he is dangerous as well so we are delighted to have him back,” he explained.
Since joining the club from Ligue 1 outfit Montpellier in 2012, Giroud has made 103 appearances in all competitions, scoring 42 goals in the process.
His return to the first-team is a big boost for the Emirates outfit, although the impact it has on fellow striker Danny Welbeck is certainly one to watch over the busy December schedule.