Arsene Wenger has told the Arsenal website he feels Olivier Giroud has improved in five key areas.
Giroud is on a hot streak of form, which has seen him net five goals in his last six matches, which has left his manager piling on the praise.
“He’s much more focused, technically he has improved, his feet have improved, his movement has improved and he has a big presence in the game,” said Wenger.
“It’s no coincidence that when he comes back, you feel strong.”
Giroud’s challenge is showing Wenger why he’s the best option to lead Arsenal’s attack.
It will be interesting to see how Giroud plays and how Wenger reacts when Danny Welbeck is back from injury and also whether he opts against using Alexis Sanchez as a centre forward in big games.
Giroud is a big, imposing type of player and he’s gradually grown used to the style of play which best suits him in relation to Arsenal’s tactics.
Wenger’s challenge is to keep working and finding ways which make him an even better striker.
What’s most encouraging about Wenger’s comments is that he feels Giroud has improved in terms of how he plays and also how he behaves away from the pitch.
It shows a willingness to transform all areas of his performances and Arsenal should reap the benefits in the race for the top four.