Vermaelen: Giroud is very important

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has praised teammate Olivier Giroud ahead of Arsenal’s game with Fulham at the Emirates Stadium.

The French striker has been in solid form for the Gunners so far this season, scoring nine goals and making five assists in the Premier League.

Vermaelen believes Giroud is an important part of the team and feels the Frenchman’s hold up play has been a vital asset for the Gunners this season.

“He is very important because he can hold the ball really well, he’s a very strong player physically and can score goals as well,” the Belgian told Arsenal official website.

“When you’re under pressure sometimes it’s good to know that there is somebody up front who you can play a long ball to and he will hold it for you. Then we can move up as a team.”

Arsenal are now top of the table after beating Aston Villa on Monday, but the Gunners had to withstand a late flurry of pressure from the hosts and Vermaelen says they are well equipped to handle these situations now.

“The first half was good – we scored two good goals in a minute, but the second half was a bit different,” he said. “But then to show that character at the end of the game was really important and impressive.

“I think it’s just [down to] hard work over the years. We’ve been working on it and, with the discipline and shape of the team, players feel more confident because they’ve done it before and that makes it more calm.

“I think one big characteristic of the team is to fight for it when you have to, and at the moment we’re doing it really well.”

Giroud has started the season very well with 4 goals in his first 5 Premier league games but has gone through a dry spell in the past few months. However he has started the new year in a great fashion scoring 2 goals in 2 appearances and hopefully he can continue this goal scoring form for the rest of the season.

He is likely to spearhead the Arsenal attack when they take on Fulham on Saturday. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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