By Nik Brumsack

Montpellier manager Rene Girard admits he is worried about the threat in-form striker Olivier Giroud will pose when his side head to Emirates Stadium for Wednesday’s Champions League tie.

Giroud joined Arsenal from Montpellier in the summer, after his 21 league goals helped to fire the French side to their first ever Ligue 1 title.

The France international has been in clinical form of late, scoring four goals in his last three appearances - and Girard knows all too well the problems Giroud can cause.

“We know Olivier very well,” Girard said. “He is a goalscorer. He is someone who loves to score goals.

“Unfortunately for us, I think he’s rediscovering his best form. He’s starting to score goals. But we’ve also got some tactics which we can employ to try to stop him.

“I think it was a very emotional game for him when he played at the Stade de la Mosson. It was a difficult game for him. I think he’s going to try and show he’s not here by accident but we know how good he is. He’s someone we really rate.

“Olivier has progressed a lot over the last two years. He worked very hard for us for two years and he came to Arsenal and we’d almost sculpted him into the player he is today.

“We’re going to try really and stop them from playing. This is someone who made history at the club. We had great times with him.”

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21 Nov 2012