Arsenal defender Koscielny: Giroud has the quality to play in England

The French center back has praised his new teammate's physical and technical qualities, and is confident that he can recreate his Ligue 1 goal tally in the Premier League.
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has heralded the class that new signing Olivier Giroud will bring to the north Londoners this term.

Ahead of their season-opener against Sunderland, the French center back spoke glowingly of the striker's abilities, and expects him to bring his goal-scoring record from Montpellier across the Channel to London.

The 25-year-old forward scored 38 goals in 69 appearances during his stint in the south of France, and Koscielny believes that playing with better players than previously in his career will help him to reproduce or even improve his recent form in England.

"I am happy [he has joined the club] because he played very well at Montpellier," he told the club's official website. "I played with him at Tours and he was a great player then - now he is even more confident and scores a lot of goals. I know his qualities and he will give a lot for us.

"I know he has the physical quality to play in this league. For a striker it is [about] confidence and I am sure he is working hard to start well with Arsenal. He is tall, like Marounane Chamakh, and is also good with his back to goal. I think if we play with technical guys he will be happy, and in the box he is a good finisher."

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