Arsene Wenger says Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is channelling his anger in the right way.
The France hitman has been playing second fiddle to Alexis Sanchez in the Premier League this season.
And while Arsenal manager Wenger knows the striker is far from happy with the situation, he is making the most of it ahead of the Gunners’ crunch Champions League clash against Paris St Germain tonight (9.45pm).
Giroud had an extended break after Euro 2016 and picked up a toe injury in September which proved difficult to fully recover from.
He has featured in six of Arsenal’s 12 league games this season, coming off the bench in all of them, and scored three goals including a last-minute equaliser against Manchester United last Saturday.
And Wenger says: “He’s angry in a positive way. I’d say he’s more determined [than angry]. I have a lot of respect, not only for his quality as a footballer, but also for the man.”
Giroud, Granit Xhaka and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were all used off the bench, with Wenger saying the quality of his substitutes made the difference in games.
He adds: “I think we have the quality and the spirit on the bench. The two together makes us remarkably dangerous”.