Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has likened Olivier Giroud to club hero Alan Smith.

Wenger is happy Giroud is again available.

"When you speak to the coaches after the game they say 'oh, what a client he is'. He has qualities that the rest of the squad has not got. He always gives us that strength.

"We have small players who combine quickly, so to find someone who can hold it, keep the ball, make some room for other players. well he does that very well. He gives us a very good balance.

"[He reminds me of] Alan Smith in the way he holds up the ball, in his distribution and his goalscoring."

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