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Arsene Wenger is confident Olivier Giroud will succeed at Arsenal, despite a poor start to his time at the Emirates. • Arsenal gun down Liverpool

Giroud, 25, is yet to score for the Gunners and, while he had chances in the 2-0 victory at Liverpool on Sunday, fluffed his lines each time he had an opportunity.

The Arsenal manager believes the France international, who signed from Montpellier for £9.6million, deserves time to prove himself and thinks he will have learned a lot from being in direct opposition to Martin Skrtel.

"I am confident about him,'' Wenger said. "Giroud is in an adaptation period. He has shown he is ready for a fight and I am sure he will adapt to the intensity of an English striker. Against Skrtel he discovered what the Premier League is all about.''

Meanwhile, Abou Diaby is seen as the perfect replacement for Alex Song, who recently left for Barcelona, in midfield. Now Wenger is just hoping the 24-year-old midfielder can stay injury-free for a prolonged period of time.

"If he is fit and healthy, Diaby has the talent,'' Wenger said. "You can see he is massive for us because he has everything you would want in a midfielder. I stood behind him because I know he is not only a fantastic player but a fantastic guy as well. He hasn't played for a year but now he looks in good shape.

"There is more to come but let's touch wood and hope it goes well in the next two or three weeks because he is going away with the national team. He will travel a lot and play two games in four days.''


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