Giroud's improved confidence paying dividends for Arsenal, says Wenger

The Gunners boss praises the striker after he bagged his third goal in as many games against Fulham and reveals that a signing could be made before the north London derby

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that Olivier Giroud is growing in confidence after he opened the scoring in the Gunners’ 3-1 win at Fulham.

The 26-year-old’s effort at Craven Cottage saw him continue an impressive start to the season following goals against Aston Villa and Fenerbahce.

“His second season is always better than his first one. You could see as well technically today that he was quite impressive,” Wenger told the club’s official website.

“His physical presence up front is very important and I think he looks like he’s much more confident than last year.”

The Frenchman feels that six goals and two wins within a week have eased some of the pressure put on him to spend but insists that he still remains confident of adding to his squad before the north London derby against Tottenham next Sunday.

When asked whether he would buy before Arsenal’s next game, he replied: “Before the Fenerbahce game? No. Before next weekend? It’s possible.

“Honestly, I’m not the only one that can decide that because the clubs who sell the players [are involved too]. We are on the market, you know that. I know we expect news from us. We will try to give you some but, at the moment, nothing to announce.”

The Gunners boss also confirmed that no new bid has been made for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye. “No,” he replied when questioned on the matter.

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