Arsène Wenger says there is “a lot more to come” from Olivier Giroud and believes he can develop into a similar player to Alan Smith.

The France international scored twice against West Ham on Wednesday night to take his tally for the season to 11 goals, and he also has nine assists to his name.

I am convinced there is a lot more to come from Olivier and that he can convince our fans he is the striker they look for

Wenger is pleased with the progress the striker is making in his debut season in the Premier League, and sees similarities with an Arsenal legend.

“[He is] maybe like Alan Smith, a little bit - he can develop into this kind of player,” the manager said.

“Our fans like Olivier Giroud, because he is a guy who is developing very well. First of all he fights for the team, he has great qualities and charisma. I am convinced there is a lot more to come from Olivier and that he can convince our fans he is the striker they look for.

“It always takes time, but he has scored 11 goals and has many assists. He is strong in the air, defensively and offensively, and overall he has important qualities for the team.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 25 Jan 2013