Arsene Wenger made the right decision to publicly back striker Olivier Giroud. The inconsistent front man can overcome his issues to become the true focal point of Arsenal's attack.
Wenger was speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to Fulham. He was asked about Giroud's failure to take a trio of promising chances in the 0-0 home draw against Everton.
The missed opportunities seemed to encapsulate everything about Giroud during his debut season with Arsenal. He's a willing worker, but not a natural finisher.
According to Arsenal.com, Wenger responded by praising the attributes Giroud adds to Arsenal's forward line. He also underlined his faith that he can develop into a top-class striker with the Gunners:
“He has good physical potential,” he said. “He wants to play every single game, he has a good basic stamina and he can absorb the games.
“He can absorb the body to body [challenges] because he's a strong guy. I think you will see more from him next season, and there's a lot more to come from him.