Arsene Wenger defends "fantastic" Olivier Giroud

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud rues a missed chance in the Premier League match with Everton on April 16, 2013
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that Olivier Giroud is enjoying a good first season in English football.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that Olivier Giroud is "doing extremely well" in his first season at the club.

The French striker, who was signed from Montpellier for around £10m last summer, was criticised after missing a number of chances during Tuesday's goalless draw with Everton in the Premier League.

"He gives a lot and I think for a first season he's doing extremely well," Wenger told reporters. "He has a fantastic attitude and a positive mentality. He has given us another dimension."

Giroud has scored 17 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this season.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger before the match against Bayern Munich on March 13, 2013
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