Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger: Olivier Giroud one of Europe’s top strikers

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Olivier Giroud is blossoming into one of Europe's leading strikers

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Olivier Giroud arrived at Arsenal from Montpellier last summer Photo: Olivier Giroud/Facebook

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud is one of the leading strikers in Europe.

The France international has made an impressive start to the season after notching four goals in six Premier League appearances.

Giroud, who joined from Montpellier in 2012, initially struggled to convince at the Gunners before blossoming in recent months.

“Olivier Giroud always had a better second season everywhere he played than the first one,” said Wenger ahead of Tuesday night’s clash against Napoli in Champions League.

“For him, the jump from Montpellier to Arsenal was quite big. In the first season, it is always quite difficult.

“He is already one of the leading strikers in Europe. Will he improve, be better in all the aspects of his game? As long as all the aspects are there, the attitude is there as well, then at 27 you always think the best years are coming for him now.

“I am hoping he can make his mark in the Champions League. If the team performance is good, then I am sure that he will.”

Giroud has scored 15 goals in 40 appearances in the Premier League for Arsenal after completing a £9.6m switch to Arsenal from Montpellier.

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