Arsenal manager Wenger: Giroud is desperate to do well

The Gunners boss has defended the under-fire striker, saying that the Frenchman has adapted physically to the Premier League and that there is more to come from him next season

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Olivier Giroud is “desperate to do well” for the Gunners, and that fans will see the best of him next season.

The 26-year-old has been under pressure this season after attempting to replace Robin van Persie at the Emirates Stadium following the Netherlands international’s move to Manchester United.

The Frenchman has helped fill the void by netting 17 times in all competitions since his £13 million summer move from Montpellier, and Wenger has praised the striker’s attitude, promising the Gunners’ faithful there is more to come.

“He has good physical potential,” Wenger told reporters. “He wants to play every single game, he has a good basic stamina and he can absorb the games.

“He can absorb the body to body [challenges] because he’s a strong guy. I think you will see more from him next season, and there’s a lot more to come from him.

“He is very extrovert but as well he has a basic positive nature. He wants to do well, he is desperate to do well, but he is not the one who hides afterwards.

“He stands up for what he has done and I feel he deals quite well with that.”

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