Wenger lauds his courageous striker Giroud.

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger believes Olivier Giroud has become a better player since he returned from injury.

Giroud scored the opener in Arsenal’s 5-0 triumph against Aston Villa on Sunday before assisting Mesut Ozil to score the second goal on the day.

However, the French boss is convinced Giroud - who has scored five goals in the last six Premier League matches - has improved immensely since joining the north London side.

“He’s much more focused, technically he has improved, his feet have improved, his movement has improved and he has a big presence in the game,” the manager told Arsenal Player.

“It’s no coincidence that when he comes back, you feel strong.

“He got a kick during the game and I was a bit cautious with him," added Wenger. "We could give another opportunity to Chuba Akpom and he has shown that he has quality when he comes on as well.

"[Chuba] looks dangerous and you can see that he will score goals.”

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