Date: 25th January 2017 at 8:50pm
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French striker Olivier Giroud was speaking to the media yesterday and discussing his upturn in fortunes in front of the net so far in 2015/16.

With the 30 year old having game time issues as it pertains to his number of starts under Arsene Wenger, whether used from the beginning of a game or introduced as a substitute he’s been delivering and in 23 appearances in total across all competitions this year, he already boasts a return of ten goals and of course in recent times a number of those have come late on in games as Arsenal have either battled back from behind or drawn themselves ahead when it looked like a draw would be on the cards.

In fact his tally is five goals in the last six games with late winners coming against West Bromwich Albion and Preston North End, whilst he also hit the late leveller against Bournemouth.

Speaking to the Official Site to discuss his habit of being in the right place at the right time late on in games, Giroud said that he felt missing most of October with his toe injury had helped him to get stronger both mentally and physically and that’s now benefiting him.

‘I don`t know if I am a better striker, maybe I am. I`ve obviously improved myself since I signed for Arsenal, but I always try to be stronger physically and stronger in my head as well.’

He went on to say of his October spell out of contention.

‘It`s never easy to be injured and as I told you, to watch the game in front when you are injured and you can`t play is frustrating. That`s why I was so happy to come back on the pitch after these injuries. I`ve always tried to bring something to the team and I was very pleased to score important goals, especially in the final minutes. But as I`ve said before, we need to be stronger at the beginning of the games because I`m not going to score goals in the last minute every week!’

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