The French forward has been in superb goalscoring form and has been lauded by the Spanish defender.
Olivier Giroud’s hot streak in front of goal could well have impacted upon Arsene Wenger’s transfer thinking ahead of this summer, with the France international scoring ten goals in his last ten games.
The former Montpellier man is having his best period in front of goal since signing for the Gunners and has been a key reason behind the North London club’s rise to second on the Premier League table.
“Olivier is a very important player and scoring a lot of goals,” the former Malaga defender is quoted as saying by The London Evening Standard.
“You could say that when he is scoring goals, the team benefit from that.
“That is reflected in the team performance — the dynamic around the place is very positive and we have been able to beat teams at the top and bottom of the table. We are picking up points and playing well.”
Giroud will look to add to his tally as the Gunners travel to take on Burnley at Turf Moor later today.
The 28-year-old has netted in his club’s last four games and his Premier League tally now stands at 14 for the season; two less than he managed in 2013-14.
The burly targetman rounded off Arsenal’s 4-1 hammering of Liverpool last weekend with a sublime long-range effort and is currently equal with Alexis Sanchez in the bid to finish the campaign as the club’s top scorer.