Giroud’s character one of his strongest assets, says Wenger

| 2nd Jan 2017

Giroud’s character one of his strongest assets, says Wenger

Olivier Giroud’s scorpion-kick goal against Crystal Palace is the talk of the Premier League right now – and Arsène Wenger says it is just reward for all his hard work.

The France international had to be patient for first-team opportunities at the start of the season, but is now in flying form with six goals in his last four top-flight starts.

Wenger is pleased to see Giroud back to his best again, and says his character is one of his strongest assets.

“It was surprising, exceptional, efficient and beautiful so I would say he will be remembered forever for this goal,” the manager told Arsenal Player.

“But I liked as well that it was at the end of an exceptional move and he had a surprising reflex and an efficient one, but Olivier Giroud scores great goals, and important ones.

“Maybe we do not always remember that he scores great goals, but also important goals at key moments for the team.

“I think he has improved his link up play since he has arrived and in front of goal as well. He is a top striker, who is a top-quality man as well, so I am very pleased that he can compete for us.

“It also shows you how quickly things can change because two months ago everyone said, ‘Giroud doesn’t play’, then today he is a hero.

“When it didn’t go well for him, he worked and that is something that I rate. Our job is to be ready for a chance, and he worked hard when he didn’t play and now he gets rewarded, and that is right.”