Arsene Wenger: 'Olivier Giroud is one of the league's best strikers'

Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring his second goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Southampton at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 23, 2013
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Arsene Wenger believes that Olivier Giroud's physical presence in the box is crucial to Arsenal.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed Olivier Giroud as one of the best strikers in the Premier League.

The 27-year-old has scored seven goals in the top flight this season for the Gunners, with his manager praising his physical stature as a key attribute of the team's attacking play.

"He is among the best, all of them have different qualities," he told reporters. "He is more of a British/English type striker, he uses well his body and his link play with others [is good].

"His physical presence in the box is massive, especially with the type of team we have, with smaller, technically-mobile players. To have that kind of presence up front is important."

Arsenal are currently top of the Premier League table.

Arsenal's English midfielder Jack Wilshere scores his second goal during the UEFA Champions League group F football match between Arsenal and Olympique de Marseille at the Emirates Stadium on November 26, 2013
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