Why I made Giroud captain at Preston - Arsenal boss Wenger

FA Cup By: Ambrose Udeme | 08/01/2017

Why I made Giroud captain at Preston - Arsenal boss Wenger

Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger has explained why he made Olivier Giroud captain for their third-round FA Cup tie against Preston North End and also gave his thoughts on his side's display at Deepdale on Saturday.

Four goals in the final four minutes of games this season. Six in the last 20 minutes. And 10 goals in his last eight starts, Olivier Giroud’s stats are catching the eye right now but his leadership skills were also on display at Preston on Saturday as he led the Gunners to a strong comeback, securing their qualification into the FA Cup fourth round.

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On Giroud captaining the side, the Gunners' manager in a post-match conference said: "I named him captain, I like to rotate the captaincy.

"He went through a period where he was of course in discomfort because he didn’t play and during this period that was quite long. He kept his focus and worked, I think he has shown leadership qualities so I made him captain today." said Wenger on Arsenal's website

On another game where his side had to come from behind, Wenger added: "I think since the start of the season we had many, many, many comebacks and many goals in the final minutes.

"I would first like to congratulate Preston for the quality of their game, especially in the first half where we were outpaced and they played with desire, enthusiasm and quality and they gave us many problems. Full commitment for 90 minutes - it was a great cup tie and we needed to dig deep to win the game today.

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"Second half it was all us, but they continued to defend well and we needed to be patient and create something special - we did that in the end. But it was a very good cup tie today." Wenger added

Olivier Giroud was the man of the moment yet again with a late strike that took Arsenal into the fourth round of the cup after Aaron Ramsey's 50 seconds strike after the restart had erased Callum Robinson's first half goal.