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Monday, April 29, 2013

Wenger Hails Giroud Impact

Arsene Wenger has insisted Oliver Giroud is capable of spearheading Arsenal’s end-of-season push to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.

With the season nearing its close, Arsenal find themselves in that all important fourth spot but still fighting off the threat of Tottenham and Everton with five games remaining.

Despite scoring 17-goals for Arsenal since his arrival from Montpellier last summer, Giroud has often come in for criticism from some areas of the supporters and from fans betting Premier League.

A disappointing showing in the 0-0 draw to Everton did nothing to convince those doubters, but Giroud’s manager has been quick to insist the striker has an important part to play in Arsenal’s end-of-season run.

"He is very extrovert, but as well he has a basic positive nature. He wants to do well, he is desperate to do well, but he is not the one who hides afterwards," Wenger said.

"He stands up for what he has done and I feel he deals quite well with that. He wants to play every single game, he has a good basic stamina and he can absorb the games. I think you will see more from him next season, and there's a lot more to come from him," Wenger said.

Giroud was always going to find it hard to fill the boots of Robin van Persie following his arrival in the Premier League, but that’s not to say the Frenchman hasn’t shown enough signs to suggest he can become a real success in England.

Next season will be the real test to see just how big an impact Giroud can have for Arsenal, and the striker will be desperate that will also include playing the Champions League – although Manchester United stand in their way.

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