'Alexis is walking on water,' says Koscielny

The Chilean forward has impressed in his role through the middle for Arsenal but the defender is convinced that Olivier Giroud can force his way back into the team

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny insists that Olivier Giroud can come back from his injury problems this season and force his way into the team, despite his replacement up front, Alexis Sanchez, “walking on water” of late.

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The France duo would usually be on international duty together but Giroud is currently nursing a toe injury which has seen him miss the Gunners’ last four games.

Alexis has been deployed through the middle during Giroud’s absence and has heavily impressed in the role, scoring five goals and making five assists in just nine games – but Koscielny says that his countryman will prove himself again.

“We returned late after Euro 2016, so we had to do more [in training] to be ready physically,” Koscielny told reporters when asked about Giroud’s fitness concerns.

“There is competition up front at Arsenal and Alexis Sanchez is walking on water right now, so it’s difficult to remove him from the starting XI. 

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“I know Olivier and he has seen more difficult things during his career. We know his mental strength and the season is very long. 

“He will have the opportunity to be back and give his answer on the pitch.”

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