'Alexis is doing extremely well up top'

Arsene Wenger was delighted with his team’s performance in beating Sunderland on Saturday - particularly with his options up front.

Both Alexis and Olivier scored twice at the Stadium of Light, and afterwards the boss was asked about the two forwards:

on if Giroud scoring twice gives him a selection headache…
When they score goals, you have no headache. We play every three days and it’s simple - nobody can play all the games and it’s down to me to find the right balance in every single game between attacking and defending, even if we are more of an attacking team. Sometimes I can play them together, sometimes separately, but we play so many games that everybody should get the number of games he wants.

on Alexis’ form through the middle…
He is doing extremely well and I believe that he enjoys it. But we can as well play 4-4-2 with two through the middle as well, because Mesut can play in behind or on the flank. I will see. Let’s not create problems that we don’t have at the moment.

on being pleased with Giroud…
Olivier is a guy who is mentally absolutely fantastic. He’s strong and every time he’s questioned, he gives you the right answer on the pitch. I admire that in him. He’s a guy who has gone through some different questions. Even before the European Championship in France, he was questioned by the crowd and in the end everybody was on his side.


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