Arsène Wenger has praised Olivier Giroud for ignoring transfer speculation and focusing on his game during the summer.

Newspaper reports linked Arsenal with a host of strikers during the transfer window, with Wenger completing the signing of France youth international Yaya Sanogo in July.

But Giroud remains the main man up front - scoring five goals already - and Wenger is pleased with the improvements his compatriot has made.

This season is a big test for Olivier but I'm sure he will have a great season

Arsène Wenger

“I believe he has improved technically in his link play and that will come out throughout the season,” the boss said.

“He has a huge physical presence that is very difficult to find these days. This season is a big test for Olivier but I'm sure he will have a great season.

“He has a kind of belief, [a] positive mentality that comes out. He has a good self-esteem and that is a very important quality because when you're a striker you have to deal with a lot of pressure. It doesn't affect him too much when he doesn't always score. Overall I think he has a very strong mentality.

“Every day when you opened a newspaper he saw another striker coming here but he didn't say anything. For me that's the best answer you can give when you're a football player. Don't talk too much, play and show how good you are. Many people forget that sometimes but that's the core of your job.”

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 Nik Brumsack 20 Sep 2013