Monday, June 23, 2014

Giroud gunning for goals

Olivier Giroud: Looking to improve his scoring record at Arsenal

The Gunners striker is currently helping Frances World Cup bid in Brazil and claimed an historic goal for his country during Fridays 5-2 triumph over Switzerland.

After being used as a second-half substitute in a 3-0 win over Honduras, Giroud was brought into the starting line-up and got Les Bleus off to a flying start with a 17th-minute header which took France to 100 World Cup goals.

On the domestic front, Giroud netted 16 goals and chalked up eight assists as Arsenal finished fourth in the Premier League but the 27-year-old is well aware of the need for a better return.

I feel I can go on improving, he told LEquipe. I can improve some parts of my game and have better statistics.

For a forward, statistics are important, especially when you negotiate a contract. In the Champions League, it was more difficult. But you also need titles and key performances.

I am working hard in front of goal post to try to sort out some details. I think about missed opportunities, notably against Chelsea.

Former Montpellier forward Giroud, who made the switch to Emirates Stadium in 2012, is keen to review his performances and admits Arsenal boss Wenger is looking for him to develop into a more intelligent player.

I have to be more decisive in the box, but also in my way to keep the ball and defend, he added. You have to be demanding, trying to find peace in front of goal.

At least once a week I try to work in front of goal. I have been doing it systematically since I have been at Arsenal. I need it.

Arsene Wenger often gives me corrections after matches. We are talking about opportunities.

To him, I am not crafty enough. Once he told me I am too frank in my runs, too predictable. I have to be more confusing.

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