Wenger - Giroud has become an 'animal'

Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud

Arsene Wenger says that Olivier Giroud has become an "animal" after improving physically and technically this season.

The France striker spent three months on the sidelines after sustaining an injury against Everton but has returned in fine form, scoring 16 times in his last 25 games.

Giroud is only four goals away from last season’s tally of 22, his best in an Arsenal shirt, and Wenger believes the 28-year-old has improved massively in the last year.

"Let’s not forget this guy weighs 92kgs. When he walks on your feet, you feel it"

Arsene Wenger

“Giroud has a fantastic body strength,” the manager explained. “Sometimes he became really aggressive when he was challenged, and you do not want him to be.

“Sometimes he needed to be challenged really physically to really become that animal he can be. But on the other hand, Giroud is a player who has improved tremendously technically.

“You take some pictures of Giroud when he arrived, and today he is a different player. If he can combine both, let’s not forget this guy [weighs] 92kgs. When he walks on your feet, you feel it.

“What I admire in Olivier is his mental strength as well. When a guys plays at 20 in the third division of French football and gets up again into the national team, there is some mental strength there, it is not easy.”


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