Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger defends Olivier Giroud’s first season

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists Olivier Giroud has done "extremely well" in his first season in the Premier League

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Olivier Giroud (right) has scored 11 goals in 32 appearances this term Photo: Olivier Giroud/Facebook

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has done “extremely well” in his first season in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old has scored 11 goals in 32 top-flight appearances for the Gunners – more than Robin van Persie in his first two seasons at The Emirates – after a £9.6m move from Montpellier last summer.

Giroud was criticised after a wayward performance in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Everton in north London as the Gunners handed the initiative back to Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the top-four race.

However, Wenger believes Giroud has been a success this term despite his modest goal figures, praising the striker’s all-round contribution to the Gunners’s season.

“He gave a lot until now and for his first season he is doing extremely well because he has a fantastic attitude, he is in a positive mind,” said Wenger.

“He gives us another dimension with the physical challenges in the air. He has scored 17 goals in all competitions, 11 in the championship. For a first season that is quite good.

“He is very extrovert but as well he has a basic positive nature. He wants to do well, he is desperate to do well, but he is not the one who hides after. He stands up for what he has done and I feel he deals quite well with that.

“He has good physical potential. He wants to play every single game, he has a good basic stamina and he can absorb the games. He can absorb the body to body [challenge] because he’s a strong guy. I think you will see more from him next season, and there’s a lot more to come from him.”

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