Four goals in the final four minutes of games this season. Six in the last 20 minutes. And 10 goals in his last eight starts.

Olivier Giroud’s stats are catching the eye right now but his leadership skills were also on display at Preston on Saturday. Arsène Wenger made him captain for our third-round tie and the France striker did him proud.

Here’s what the boss said after the game:

on Giroud…
He scored recently many goals. In the squad, everybody contributes. It’s not about 11 and he is at the moment in good form. So for one month he scores goal after goal.

on Giroud captaining the side…
I named him captain, I like to rotate the captaincy. He went through a period where he was of course in discomfort because he didn’t play and during this period that was quite long. He kept his focus and worked, I think he has shown leadership qualities so I made him captain today.

 

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7 Jan 2017