Arsene Wenger: What I admire about Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been praised by his boss ahead of Chelsea clash.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he admires Olivier Giroud’s mental strength as the striker continues to prove his doubters wrong and play a pivotal role for the team, the Daily Mail reports.

The French international joined the Gunners in the same summer Robin van Persie left the club for Manchester United, immediately drawing comparisons between the two.

Van Persie was a prolific goal scorer for the North Londoners, whereas Giroud netted just 11 goals in his debut campaign and 16 the following season, causing observers to question his ability up front.

The former Montpellier star has different qualities to past Arsenal heroes such as Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry, but his effect on the team is just as important.

Since the turn of the year, Giroud has proven to be such a pivotal player for the Gunners and his rise to the top has left his boss showing his appreciation and admiration for his efforts.

“What I admire in Olivier is his mental strength as well. When a guy plays at the age of 20 in Division Three in France and gets up again into the national team, there is some mental strength there,” Wenger said.

However, the 28-year-old striker is still underrated by a number of Premier League observers and his goal record this season has often been overlooked.

Giroud has scored 14 Premier League goals in 16 starts, a goal every 102 minutes which is by far the league’s best goals-per-game ratio, bettering Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.

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