Nicolas Anelka: Olivier Giroud good enough for Arsenal

Former Arsenal striker Nicolas Anelka runs rule over under-fire Gunners striker Olivier Giroud

Nicolas Anelka has defended Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud after the France international’s slow start to the Premier League season.

The 28-year-old striker has scored one goal in four top-flight games after he netted in a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last month.

People just want big names in attack, but Giroud is good enough to score goals

Nicolas Anelka

Arsenal were linked with a £48m move for Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema in the summer transfer window but a deal failed to materialise.

Former Arsenal striker Anelka, who was part of Arsene Wenger’s double-winning side in 1998, believes Giroud is good enough for the north London side.

“Of course, you can always say when you don’t win that it wasn’t good enough because the fans want to take the title. But it has become much harder now because you have Man City with big money, Chelsea with big money, Man United, Liverpool,” Anelka told The National.

“When I was there it was maybe only United who were very strong. Now you have five teams who can fight for the title. You can always say they need to buy someone up front, but previously they have bought Mesut Ozil, who’s a good player, Alexis Sanchez is a good player. They can score goals and give good assists.

“People just want big names in attack, but Giroud is good enough to score goals. And behind him there are big players who can supply him so he can score a lot of goals. Arsenal have a strong squad – people don’t see it, but they do.”

Arsenal host Stoke on Saturday looking to make it back to back wins in the Premier League for the first time this season after their 1-0 victory at Newcastle in their most recent outing.

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Arsene Wenger’s men are currently sixth in the Premier League table after taking seven points from their opening four top-flight games.

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