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?