Arsène Wenger says Olivier Giroud’s positive attitude is what has driven his fine goalscoring form since returning from injury.
Giroud struck twice against Newcastle United in Arsenal’s 4-1 win at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
The striker has now scored three times in his last five games and Wenger believes the France international’s goals are testament to his hard work.
“I believe in his mentality,” the manager said. “He’s a positive guy. Even when he misses something people forgive him because he has a positive mental impact with the physical impact as well.
“He worked very hard [to return from injury]. After the World Cup he was not completely ready at the start of the season but I always said you always see the players back in November.
“The surgery made him realise - sometimes you love it and you miss it. Our fitness coaches told me that he was extremely motivated and that’s why he came back so quickly.
“He gives us different options because we can go for a longer ball. We have plenty of players who can play short and he gives us a variety in our game.
“The first goal he scored against Newcastle was a typical 1970s goal. You love it as well because you see it less now.”