Arsène Wenger hopes that Olivier Giroud’s brace at Hull City on Tuesday night will help the striker to rediscover his “boom”.

The France international scored for the first time in 12 Arsenal appearances to help the Gunners reach the FA Cup quarter-final.

You know this season for example, he has had games where he has gone boom, boom, boom, boom, boom

They were Giroud’s 21st and 22nd goals of the season for club and country and, according to the boss, will have restored the striker’s confidence.

“Look, it is a weight on the shoulders when the players don't score,” Wenger said. “So the fact that they score will of course take that weight off.

“Overall, I am pleased that [Giroud and Walcott] scored. But it is a bit cyclic always, especially for Giroud. Giroud has cycles so it was a weight off his shoulders.

“You know this season for example, he has had games where he has gone boom, boom, boom, boom, boom and after he had a little spell where he didn't score. Now I hope he has a repetition of his former spell and starts to score again.

“Between what he says and what is real, even I don't really know what is going in there. You know that if you don't score and you are a striker, somewhere you are not happy.”

Olivier Giroud celebrates at Hull
Olivier Giroud celebrates at Hull

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Nik Brumsack 11 Mar 2016