Arsene Wenger delivers his verdict on Arsenal’s ‘angry’ striker
The Arsenal manager heaps praise on Olivier Giroud after the striker's equaliser at Manchester United
Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud is angry after the Arsenal striker scored a late equaliser to rescue a 1-1 draw at Manchester United.
The Gunners forward came off the bench at Old Trafford after Juan Mata made the breakthrough in the 69th minute with a composed finish past his former Chelsea team-mate Petr Cech.
Giroud levelled in the 89th minute after the France centre-forward powered a header past Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.
The 30-year-old has found his first-team opportunities limited in the 2016-17 season as Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott continue to impress in the Premier League title race.
Speaking to Arsenal’s website following Saturday afternoon’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United, Wenger explained why he has huge respect for the France international.
“He’s angry in a positive way. I’d say he’s more determined [than angry].
“I have a lot of respect, not only for his quality as a footballer, but also for the man. The best answer he can give is always to show what he did today [on Saturday].”
Giroud has scored three times in six substitute appearances in the 2016-17 Premier League campaign.
Arsenal are in fourth place in the Premier League table and four points adrift of leaders Liverpool.
The Gunners will host Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain in their next Champions League game at The Emirates.