Olivier Giroud is sure that Alexis Sanchez's "different qualities" will help him to be a success at Arsenal.

The Chile international impressed against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday, causing the champions considerable problems with his pace and direct running on the counter-attack.

Alexis can operate on either flank or through the middle and Giroud believes he will help Arsenal challenge for honours this season.

He's a fantastic player so I think he will [have] a great season

Olivier Giroud on Alexis Sanchez

"I've played with him in training," Giroud said. "We have a good understanding - like Mesut [Ozil] when he signed for Arsenal. It's always easy to play with these kind of players. I think he will maybe need some more games to adapt his game to the Premier League but that's normal and he's a fantastic player so I think he will [have] a great season.

"He has different qualities to me, Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell. He can bring his pace and his technique in the centre of the park and he's a great finisher. We have a good quality squad and now the quantity too, so that's why I think we will be stronger this year.

"Last year we did well until March. We had a bad run after but we really wanted to come back and be stronger than last year. I think when our Germans join us, we will be stronger for sure and hopefully [we can compete] until May."

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