Arsene Wenger insists he is glad he kept confidence in Olivier Giroud


The Arsenal manager says Olivier Giroud put in a "top-level performance" in the draw with Manchester City.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told the club's official website that he is pleased that he kept faith with Olivier Giroud amidst criticism of the striker after he scored his first league goal in four months against Manchester City on Sunday.

Giroud had not found the net in the Premier League since scoring twice in the 3-3 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on 13 January when the Gunners travelled to the Etihad at the weekend, with his only goals in the intervening period coming in the 4-0 FA Cup replay win over Hull City in early March.

However, in his 16th league appearance since that game on Merseyside, he finally got his name on the scoresheet again when he headed an early equaliser just two minutes after his side had fallen behind, and his neat flick set up Alexis Sanchez for a second leveller in the second half.

Despite his long drought, that goal was Giroud's 21st of the season for Arsenal in all competitions, and Wenger admitted he was pleased he had kept his confidence in the striker after his fine performance on Sunday.

Wenger told the Arsenal website: "Olivier Giroud was questioned recently and I’m happy I kept confidence in him because I thought he had a top-level performance.

"He was fighting, he had control of the ball, he was finishing and he gave an assist."

Giroud has come in for a great deal of criticism over his drought this season, with it being suggested by some that his scoreless period was a key factor in Arsenal's title challenge going up in smoke,

However, he appears to still have the full backing of his manager, although it remains to be seen whether Wenger will look to add more competition for the 29-year-old this summer.

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