Arsenal utilise key Giroud strength, suggests striking partner

Olivier Giroud

Danny Welbeck has been impressed with Olivier Giroud recently.

After a few poor months, with Giroud struggling to show up in high pressure games, Welbeck has told the London Evening Standard that the Gunners are now playing to his biggest strengths.

Two goals against Newcastle United at the weekend took his seasonal tally to 17 in 26 games, and the Frenchman is on a brilliant run of form.

Giroud has scored in each of his last five Premier League games, with six in that time, and he has nine goals in his last nine appearances across all competitions.

Having been criticised earlier in the season for his poor goalscoring record against top class teams, with Giroud seen as a very wasteful goalscorer, the French international has hit back at his critics in incredible style.

He has fast become undroppable in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI, and it appears the Gunners new efficient style has allowed Giroud to move away from the lightweight tag associated with him and actually become a striker that defenders fear to face.

This has played into Arsenal’s hands as now the club are being feared as a result, and Danny Welbeck, who has been laid aside because of Giroud’s form, believes that the Gunners are starting to utilise the Frenchman’s strengths very well.

“He is big and strong,” the English international told the Standard. “And if defenders get tight to him, he can hold the ball up and bring others into play. I think we utilise that strength of his very well.”

If Giroud can continue his brilliant goalscoring form, the Gunners may just be able to keep going with their unlikely shot at winning the Premier League title.

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