Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud feeling a little fatigued, says Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal centre-half Laurent Koscielny believes striker Olivier Giroud is feeling a little fatigued after demanding start

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

Laurent Koscielny believes Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud could be suffering from fatigue.

The France international, who joined in a £9.6m deal from Montpellier in 2012, has failed to find the net in his past four games in all competitions after an impressive start to the season which saw Giroud score five top-flight goals.

Arsene Wenger has been forced to over-rely on Giroud amid injuries to Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott, and Koscielny reckons Giroud could be feeling tried after a quiet performance in a 1-0 loss to Manchester United on Sunday.

“It’s true that he’s not scoring but he is setting them up, like he did against Dortmund,” Koscielny is quoted as saying by The Sun.

“But he’s also playing game after game and hasn’t had a rest, so maybe he’s feeling a bit of fatigue.

“He’s very important for us – strong and always answers the call on the pitch.

“If you look at the games, he weighs enormously on the opposition’s defence. All the balls he wins are in the air with his back to goal. He works very hard up front.”

Giroud has scored 25 goals in 64 appearances for the Gunners following his switch to the north London side in 2012.

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