Olivier Giroud has not scored for Arsenal since November 17th, when his crisp striker’s finish put the Gunners ahead against Tottenham just before half time. The French international has missed quite a few of the intervening games, starting four of the seven games since, but he knows that he needs to get back on the scoresheet and help to fire Arsenal back up the Premier league table.
“It’s been an interesting few months but now I want to do more.” Giroud said.
“I am an Arsenal player and, rightly, expectations are high. I am trying to do what the boss asks of me, to put pressure on defenders and to improve on protecting and holding the ball.
“We put a lot of good crosses in, so it is important I get on the end of them and score.
“I am feeling much better and better in this team all the time. I know my team mates now, and things are more automatic on the pitch, which makes things easier for me.”
Arsenal badly need a win for league position and to start putting the horrendous cup game against Bradford behind us. Hopefully we will be able to start with a full strength side, including Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott as the front three. Giroud was a little generous about the number and quality of crosses he gets, but with Podolski and Gibbs on the left, with Walcott and Sagna on the right, the service in to the big man should be plentiful.
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