In-form Giroud praised by Arsene Wenger for goals that have kept Arsenal’s season alive

Olivier Giroud has had praise heaped on him after yet another crucial goal. Giroud came to the rescue of Arsenal once again with the winning goal in the 2-1 win at Preston in the third round of the FA Cup at Deepdale.

The France striker struck late on after the Gunners had trailed 1-0 and fought back to level things up through Aaron Ramsey’s goal just after the break in Saturday’s tie.

Giroud’s winner came just days after he clinched the leveller in a pulsating 3-3 draw in the Premier League at Bournemouth. And before that he stunned Crystal Palace with a scorpion-kick goal that helped the Emirates outfit to a 2-0 victory.

And the big attacker’s form has received plaudits from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who awaits to discover who his team face in the next round — the draw is at 7.10pm today.

Wenger said:

“He can’t stop scoring. He had some good service as well today. But everybody contributes in the squad and it’s moments in the season where you have to use the players when it all goes for them. Giroud has shown that at the moment in the last month he is always very decisive.”

“I must say, the team has great ambition, a great togetherness and they respond always when they are in trouble and that’s a great quality.”

Giroud hopes to be back among the goals on Saturday when the Gunners face a trip to Swansea in the Premier League where they come up against a side keen to impress new head coach Paul Clement following the sacking of former coach, American Bob Bradley.

Meanwhile Mesut Ozil says he would like to sign a new deal but that he wants to know if Wenger is staying at the Emirates beyond this season.

The Gunners playmaker, who has 18 months remaining on his contract, said in an interview with the German football magazine Kicker:

“I am very, very happy at Arsenal and have let the club know that I would be ready to sign a new contract. The fans want that I stay and now it is just down to the club.”