Jack Wilshere hails ‘refreshed’ Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere heaps praise on Olivier Giroud after the striker's brace in a 4-1 victory over Sunderland

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Olivier Giroud has scored 12 goals this season Photo: Olivier Giroud/Instagram

Jack Wilshere believes Olivier Giroud looked refreshed after the Arsenal striker’s brace in a 4-1 victory over Sunderland on Saturday.

The France international was left out of Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up for the 2-1 victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup and 2-0 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Sometimes it works well for players to rest and it’s good that we can rotate players

Jack Wilshere

However, the Gunners manager restored Giroud to the Arsenal side for the visit of Sunderland and the move paid dividends as former Montpellier man finished from close range before capitalising on a poor back pass.

And Wilshere heaped praise on Giroud and the 27-year-old’s understudy Yaya Sanogo, whilst he admitted Arsenal’s third goal bore similarities to his effort against Norwich City last October.

“It was a bit like my goal earlier in the season – a team goal,” said Wilshere.

“Even though he’s 32, Rosicky’s up there with the best in the world when it comes to pass and move and getting in behind, and technically he’s one of the best.

“Sanogo did well when he came in and Giroud looked refreshed.

“Fair play to him – I know he was looking for the hat-trick and it didn’t come, but he got two goals and he did well.

“Sometimes it works well for players to rest and it’s good that we can rotate players.”

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