Arsene Wenger explains why Olivier Giroud's task is so demanding

Olivier Giroud

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger assessed Olivier Giroud’s display against Newcastle United.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says key striker Olivier Giroud is a fighter and his will to score goals has left the French boss singing his praises, the BBC report.

The former Montpellier striker netted two first-half goals in an entertaining 2-1 victory at Newcastle United on Saturday, taking his season tally to 13 Premier League strikes in 14 starts.

Yet, only a few weeks ago the Frenchman was on the receiving end of harsh criticism after fluffing a number of key chances during the Gunners’ 3-1 Champions League defeat at home to Monaco.

Wenger feels his striker’s confidence comes from scoring goals, but when the going gets tough, like all strikers, the pressure starts to mount - a situation Wenger labels a ‘vicious circle.’

"He is like every striker, he wants to score goals and the confidence comes from scoring goals, it's a vicious circle. He is a fighter and has improved technically,” he told the BBC.

  GoalsShotsKey PassesAerial Duels WonTouchesAccurate PassesDispossessedBall RecoveriesMins Played
Olivier Giroud 2 3 1 4 57 31 5 7 90

Giroud, however, has more to his game than just goals, as the table above provided by Opta Stats illustrates how important he is to the Emirates outfit in the lone striker role.

Against Newcastle, the 28-year-old was heavily involved throughout as he won aerial duels, picked up the second balls and was the focal point of the visitors’ attacks, recording 57 touches and 31 accurate passes.

As Wenger eloquently puts it, Giroud is a fighter and even though he’s not a glamour striker in the mould of recent greats such as Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, he can be just as effective.

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