Giroud belongs at the highest level, says Arsenal boss Wenger
Olivier Giroud has proven he belongs at the very highest level in recent games, according to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger feels Olivier Giroud has proven that he “belongs” at the highest level in recent months at Arsenal.
The France striker has found form of late and has scored five goals in his last five appearances for Arsenal, having mustered just two in his first 13 outings.
The 26-year-old had initially struggled to make an impact at Emirates Stadium but Wenger feels the former Montpellier forward has overcome a number of hurdles since sealing a move to north London in the summer.
“There are many factors,” said Wenger ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Montpellier on Wednesday. “The first one is that I believe physically he worked very hard when he arrived here. The intensity of the games took a lot out of him.
“The second problem was a bit [to do with an] understanding with his partners.
“The third problem was level of confidence. When you come to a club like Arsenal, you’re surrounded by big names. It takes you a while to think ‘OK I belong in this world’ and he has shown that on that level he has gained a lot.”
Arsenal v Montpellier: Pre-match facts
• The sides had not met before matchday one and the reunion gives Arsenal the chance to register their first win in the competition at home to French opponents.
• Arsenal won four of their five home games in last season’s competition, the exception a 0-0 draw with Olympique Marseille on matchday four.
• Arsenal squandered a two-goal lead for the second time in four days on 10 November, drawing 3-3 with Fulham.
• Montpellier have scored in each of their last 15 games, but won just four in that time.