Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has described a positive quality he sees in Olivier Giroud, as reported by the London Evening Standard.
Wenger has been impressed by the way Giroud has dealt with criticism of his game and feels he has an impressive level of mental strength.
“Olivier (Giroud) has that mental strength as well, he's strong mentally too,” said Wenger.
“He can take criticism and respond, and he's shown that. I feel that was a bit harsh on him because he missed some chances but that can happen.”
Giroud has ten goals in the Premier League so far this season, which some fans may feel is a little below where his goal tally should be by this stage of the season.
He’s a frustrating figure because he has the ability to play well against the very best teams in the Premier League and Europe, but doesn’t show it on a consistent enough basis.
He has the backing of his manager, which is significant when looking at the talent and pace in Arsenal’s attack.
The boss has other options but Giroud offers the Arsenal frontline something they don’t already have in terms of his height, strength and ability to hold the ball up.
Arsenal are chasing a Champions League place for next season so he’s under real pressure to produce the goods when he plays up front.
He scored the opening goal against QPR and should be looking to make the most of his momentum.