White Hart Lane

Next Game

Tottenham v Arsenal

Saturday, 07 February 2015, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Emirates Stadium

Last Game

Arsenal 5 - 0 A Villa

Sunday, 01 February 2015, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Koscielny: Giroud is tiring

Laurent Koscielny admits Olivier Giroud is tiring under the pressure of being Arsenal's solitary striking option.

Last Updated: 12/11/13 at 10:25 Post Comment

Laurent Koscielny: Has seen Olivier Giroud lead the Arsenal line single-handedly

Laurent Koscielny: Has seen Olivier Giroud lead the Arsenal line single-handedly

With the Gunners having failed to bolster their attacking ranks over the summer, Arsene Wenger finds himself short on goalscorers.

Giroud has helped to shoulder the burden, with a bright start to the season seeing him net eight times.

He has, however, shown signs of fatigue of late - with out-of-favour Nicklas Bendtner his only back-up - and Koscielny acknowledges that the demands of leading the line in every game are starting to take their toll.

The French defender told The Sun: "It's true that he's not scoring but he is setting them up, like he did against Dortmund.

"But he's also playing game after game and hasn't had a rest, so maybe he's feeling a bit of fatigue.

"He's very important for us - strong and always answers the call on the pitch.

"If you look at the games, he weighs enormously on the opposition's defence. All the balls he wins are in the air with his back to goal. He works very hard up front."

Giroud and Arsenal drew a blank in their last outing against Manchester United, but Koscielny is backing Wenger's men to offer a positive response to a 1-0 defeat against fellow Premier League title hopefuls.

He added: "We are still confident. The lessons to learn are that we were too shy in the first half and we weren't able to play our game.

"The second half was better, even if Manchester United let us have the ball.

"But we'd played a lot of games so maybe we dropped off a bit physically. Now we have 10 days off and we will have to get the fire going again at home to Southampton."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

AFCON round-up: Ivory Coast and Ghana make semi-finals

Ivory Coast and Ghana both qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals after beating Algeria and Guinea respectively on Sunday.

Stuart Pearce sacked as Nottingham Forest manager

Stuart Pearce has been sacked as manager of Nottingham Forest, the club confirmed on Sunday evening.

Transfer news: Tottenham look to offload trio and sign a player on loan

Tottenham will allow Emmanuel Adebayor and either Younes Kaboul or Vlad Chiriches to leave on loan before the deadline.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company