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Wenger impressed by Giroud's debut season

Created on 19 Apr., 2013 4:21 PM GMT

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised the form of Olivier Giroud and believes the striker will improve next season.

The London club sit fourth in the table, following a run of four wins from their last five games, and can increase the pressure on top-four rivals Chelsea and Tottenham when they take on Fulham on Saturday.

Giroud has reached double figures for goals in the Premier League since his move from French champions Montpellier and Wenger feels his robust style has been beneficial to their attacking play.
He said: "Giroud has scored 17 goals in all competitions, 11 in the championship, for a first season that is quite good.

"He is a little bit less [like] the strikers we used to have until now, but he gives us another dimension with the physical challenges in the air.

"Olivier has good physical potential, has a good basic stamina and he can absorb the games. He wants to do well, but is not the one who hides afterwards. He stands up for what he has done and I feel he deals quite well with that.

"I think you will see more from him next season and there is a lot more to come from him."

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