Giroud has become an animal - Arsenal boss Wenger

Olivier Giroud is a physical striker. Credit: PA

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is starting to become a bit of an "animal", according to manager Arsene Wenger.

The French forward has scored a dozen goals in his last 12 appearances, helping the Gunners climb back up the Premier League table.

Olivier Giroud has a fantastic body strength... and sometimes he needed to be challenged really physically to become really that animal he can be.

He has the kind of game which is linked with his back to goal, protection (of the ball), so he gets hit a lot, sometimes that game demands as well more commitment and toughness.

But on the other hand, Olivier Giroud is a player who has improved tremendously technically.

You take some pictures of Olivier Giroud when he arrived, and today he is a different player - let's not forget this guys is 92kgs, when he walks on your feet, you feel it.

– Arsene Wenger