Grit of Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud impresses Laurent Koscielny as their club suffers another tough November

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Laurent Koscielny has backed Olivier Giroud’s “big mentality” after his fellow Frenchman scored his fifth goal in five games for Arsenal .

The £13million forward has admitted his frustration after failing to win back his regular starting place after a post-Euro 2016 holiday and then a toe injury.

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But Giroud came off the bench to head a late equaliser in an away draw with Manchester Unitedlast Saturday and then, in only his second start of the season, netted a penalty against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Countryman Koscielny said: “Olivier showed last weekend he has a big mentality in a situation a bit complicated, when he hasn’t had much game time.

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“The little time he spends on the pitch is quality time, because he scores goals. So let’s hope it carries on for him and for us.”

But their North London rivals Spurs are already out of the competition – and face playing Europa League games at Wembley after Christmas if they hang onto third place by avoiding defeat there in the group finale against CSKA Moscow.

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Asked if Tottenham would love to be in Arsenal’s place, Carl Jenkinson: “Well, exactly .

“It is not easy to get through to the last 16. Tottenham have obviously seen that and we have done well to get to this point.”

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