By Amir Mir
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Olivier Giroud is “angry in a positive way” after his late strike for Arsenal against Manchester United on Saturday afternoon.
The 30-year-old striker came off the substitutes’ bench to score a late equaliser for the Gunners against United at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho’s men, who had taken the lead midway through the second-half via a Juan Mata strike, had dominated much of the match against a very lacklustre Arsenal.
But a 73rd minute substitution from Wenger, which saw defensive-midfielder Mohmaed Elneny make way for Giroud, paid off as the Frenchman equalised with their first and only attempt on target.
After the game Wenger was clearly delighted with the point, but he revealed how Giroud is feeling after his crucial goal.
“He’s angry in a positive way,” Wenger told the club’s official website. “I’d say he’s more determined [than angry].
“I have a lot of respect, not only for his quality as a footballer, but also for the man. The best answer he can give is always to show what he did today.”
Giroud has not started a Premier League game this season due to injuries and Wenger opting to play teammate Alexis Sanchez in a forward role.
Nonetheless, the France international has still bagged three goals in six games, following his brace at the Stadium of Light against lowly Sunderland in October.
Giroud has played nine Premier League, Champions League and EFL Cup fixtures for Wenger’s side, scoring four goals and providing two assists.
The north London club are fourth in the league table with 25 points from 12 games, level on points with Chelsea in third (who play Middlesbrough on Sunday) and two points off leaders Liverpool.
Wenger’s side will now host Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night as they hope to cement their spot at the top of Group A with a win.
Giroud will be hoping to get the nod for that game, before Arsenal host Bournemouth four days later and Southampton in the EFL Cup on November 30.
In other Arsenal team news, playmaker Mesut Ozil has hailed the crucial point picked up against Manchester United.