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Giroud admits he enjoys the physical battle of being Arsenal frontman

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has admitted the he enjoys getting involved in physical battles with Premier League defenders.

The 29-year-old frontman has scored 18 league goals in all competitions for the Gunners this season and admits he loves the rough and tumble nature of England's top flight as his side's leading centre-forward.

"I always try to help the team hold up the ball up front," he told the Arsenal Magazine. "That's part of my job and it's what I like to do.

"I think I'm doing quite well in that part of my job. I try to keep the ball for the team, or other times I try to deflect it.

"So that means winning headers or going for the flick-on. Sometimes I like to hold possession too which is important for the team to give the defence an opportunity to get up.

"It's one of my specialities, if I can say.

"I enjoy the battle, it's always correct and with fair play and at the end of the game we always shake hands and say 'well done'. So it's always done in a good mood.

"Especially with Gary Cahill at Chelsea it's always a tough battle, very physical, and with people like Ryan Shawcross too.

"They are very strong, and play a lot with their bodies so it's always nice to compete with them."

Vyom Chaudhary
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