Arsene Wenger praises "mentally strong" Olivier Giroud

Arsene Wenger praises Olivier Giroud for being "mentally strong" in the victory over West Ham United.

Arsene Wenger has praised Olivier Giroud for his attitude in Arsenal's 3-1 victory over West Ham United on Tuesday night.

Giroud ended a run of four games without a goal by scoring his side's second at the Emirates Stadium, and Wenger was keen to pay tribute to the striker for his ability to recover from missing a good chance in the first half.

"It was a perfect first touch. He has gone through a difficult period, as you know," the Gunners boss told reporters. "I think it affected his game for a while, and his confidence.

"At half-time he came in, he was very, very down because he missed a great chance in the first half. But he responded very well in the second, because he is a mentally strong guy."

Arsenal's victory saw them return to fourth in the Premier League.

Olivier Giroud of Arsenal (R) celebrates with Tomas Rosicky as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match against West Ham United on April 15, 2014
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