French striker issues warning to the Premier League to expect more goals.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has sent out a warning to Arsenal’s Premier League rivals after insisting that his best is yet to come.
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Signed for £13million from Ligue 1 champions Montpellier in the summer, Giroud has taken time to come to hand in an Arsenal shirt but manager Arsene Wenger is begin to get a return on his investment with 14 goals in 34 appearances for the club.
And the 26-year-old, who has not always been a first choice with Theo Walcott now rivalling him for a central striking berth, has promised Arsenal fans that there is much more to come after overcoming a slow start to life at the Emirates Stadium.
“It’s all going to plan, but I know I can do better,” he told Le Parisien newspaper. “I have room to improve, which means I can be more ambitious. I have matured in my mind. I have also learnt a lot, in particular with my back to goal. I control the ball more when I receive it and I read the situation.
“I am fortunate to have a coach who I can talk to and share things with. Recently we made a video and he talked me through how I can improve. On the pitch we know what we are doing. There is a trust and communication between us.”
Giroud bounced back from a difficult start to his Arsenal career in which he did not find the net in his first seven games and admits he never doubted he would be a Premier League success – despite the run without hitting the back of the net.
The French international always believed in his own ability and was confident he would come good and said: “As a striker you can’t doubt yourself – in a career you will have periods of scarcity. You must be positive constantly and I’m like that.
“Here, it’s a requirement at a very high level. When you have an opportunity you must take it. When it’s not easy, you have to look ahead and demand more from yourself. That’s just my motto.”