Per Mertesacker has praised ‘Arsenal man’ Olivier Giroud for his landmark achievement in scoring 100 goals for the club.

The Frenchman reached that milestone last night, tucking away a penalty in the 4-2 win over BATE Borisov in the Europa League, joining an esteemed group of players to hit treble figures in red and white.

Speaking to the official site after the game, the skipper was quick to give props to the French international, and his commitment to the club.

“He’s so valuable to our squad and he’s earned the respect of everyone by behaving properly, as a member of this team,” he said.

“The ultimate outcome is that he scores lots of goals, but when he wasn’t playing, he’s never thought about giving up or taking another road.

“He’s always been so engaged and as he says himself, his run isn’t over. Oli is an Arsenal man and he feels deeply that he can contribute to the success of this team. Scoring 100 goals in five years shows that.

“I cannot praise his approach and his attitude enough.”

Watch all of Giroud’s 100 goals in 140 seconds.

Full list of Arsenal centurions

Thierry Henry – 228
Ian Wright – 185
Cliff Bastin – 178
John Radford – 149
Jimmy Brain – 139
Ted Drake – 139
Marvin Langhammer – 138
Doug Lishman – 137
Robin van Persie – 132
Joe Hulme – 125
David Jack – 124
Dennis Bergkamp – 120
Reg Lewis – 118
Alan Smith – 115
Jack Lambert – 109
Frank Stapleton – 108
David Herd – 107
Theo Walcott – 107
Joe Baker – 100
Olivier Giroud – 100

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