Giroud backs Arsenal to be title contenders next season

| June 13, 2013 | 3 Comments

Giroud has had a very turbulent first season with the Gunners

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud insists the club will be challenging for the Premier League title next season. Arsenal last won the league in 2004 and have been without a trophy for eight years.

The Frenchman, 26, had a mixed first term in England after his £12million arrival from Montpellier — taking six games to get off the mark. But he ended up with a respectable tally of 17 goals and he now cannot wait to get going again in August.

He said to Sun :

I scored 17 goals in all competitions and gave 10 assists which, for a first season in England, is good. I am happy with the stats.

However, I know I can do better and there is a lot of room for improvement.

That’s why I’m already looking forward to next season. It is a massively important season with a lot of challenges.

I want to really establish myself with Arsenal and make a name for myself here.

If we start better than we did this season, I know that we will compete for the title next year because we are used to playing together now and have improved as a team.

The Press has been tough on me at times but it’s normal. It’s part of the game.

It’s been a tiring season as it was totally different to what I experienced before.

It was my first taste of Champions League football, the first time I was playing with no winter break and obviously the pace and rhythm of the game is different here.

The fact that I didn’t score straight away in my Arsenal career was not too bad. It made me work even harder, focused even more until finally it came at West Ham.

I was never worried because any striker goes through times where you score less, where you make the wrong choices.

I never said I wanted to replace Robin. He needed a few seasons to really be at his best here.

I hope that as early as my second season, I can play week in week out and keep scoring regularly because it’s key for a striker.

Giroud started his first Premier League season slowly, but gained steam over time. He is a good target man and despite having just three assists in League games, tallied a team-high four helpers in seven Champions League appearances this season, so he is not a one dimensional forward.

Arsenal are likely to sign a striker this offseason, but Giroud should still have plenty of opportunities to make a noticeable fantasy impact again next year. He had a decent first season in England and he can build on last season and can become a force to reckon with next season.

What do you think Gooners?


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  • bg

    I would say this is wengers current 1st and 2nd choice x1 if everyone is fit

    Sagna mertesacker koscielny gibbs
    Arteta ramsey
    Walcott wilshire cazorla

    Jenkinson djourou vermaelen monreal
    Coquelin diaby
    Chamberlain rosicky podolski

    I would say that of that first x1 only 3 players are in danger of losing there place szczesney ramsey and giroud who would then drop down to the 2nd x1 (ideal replacements cesar fellaini higuain)
    From the 2nd x1 the players most likely to lose their place are fabianski to be replaced by szczesney, djourou to be replaced by williams, diaby to be replaced by ramsey and gervinho to be replaced by . I don’t think neceassarily diaby will be sold but I expect faboanski djourou and gervinho to join mannone santos park chamakh and bendtner in leaving the club. If all those 8 are found new homes we would still have room in the squad for up to 5 more signings. However with martinez boateng miquel frimpong yennaris aneke eisfeld campbell sanogo afobe and ryo all chomping at the bit for their chance as well as the likes of bellerin olsson toral gnabry jeffrey ansah and akpom showing great potential I cannot see wenger going for more than 4 new signings unless of course a special player like cesc was to become available at the last minute.

  • gooner son

    Going by the look of our (lack of quality) transfer targets we are gonna be relying on giroud to come good this season. I really did think that arsenal were going to sign some top proven players this year with the so called 70-100mil budget but its already starting to smell like the same old 8year stale bullshit… its all bullshit. We havent even got one decent pre contracted signing lined up. Utd, city, chelski & even f##king fulham have got 2. Wtf

  • sunnypa de gunners

    he can do better next season but we still need another striker in like of rooney so that he can gave him competition on the peach.if arsene wenger can manage to sign rooney fellaini and wanyama arsenal will win treble coming season.i know the players wenger can sign that will improve our dealin club this are the three players that can win it for us.don’t let us depend on giroud alone we most spend big on this three players if we are to win trophy next season. And wenger should change to 4 3 3 formation with that formation we can win meny more match.