English Premiership

Wenger praises 'top-level' Giroud

2016-05-09 12:55
Arsene Wenger (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was delighted to see striker Olivier Giroud return to his best form in their 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday.

The French forward found the net in the 10th minute at the Etihad Stadium, and got an assist for Alexis Sanchez's effort as the Gunners twice equalised following goals from Sergio Agüero and Kevin De Bruyne.

"Olivier Giroud was questioned recently and I'm happy I kept confidence in him because I thought he had a top-level performance," Wenger said of his countryman.

"He was fighting, he had control of the ball, he was finishing and he gave an assist.

"We showed a lot of character and the intensity of the game was very high. We dealt well with what was thrown at us and Manchester City looked like they were doing absolutely everything to win the game.

"They are difficult to beat and we have shown again that we can get results against top teams.

"The fact we came back twice each time we were down, we looked like we had the response to score. I think we could have won the game in the end. Overall, it is a positive result."

Giroud now has 13 Premier League goals to his name this season, putting him alongside Sanchez at the top of the club's scoring charts, and will have one more chance to add to that tally in Arsenal's final league match at home to relegated Aston Villa on Sunday.

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