His move to the Emirates was finally made official yesterday and Wenger has lauded the French striker saying his presence in the air and physical presence are very good. Naturally these are traits that are needed in the Premier League.
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The French hitman scored a very impressive 21 goals in Ligue 1 to help Montpellier lift the trophy and he now believes he is ready for the challenge of the Premier League.
Giroud is quoted as saying on official website Arsenal.com:
I think I have the weapons to do well here. I will need some time to adapt of course, but I’m not worried about that. I think I will adapt well.
I’m a player who likes to play, who likes to participate in the game. That’s why I think the way Arsenal play will suit me. I like scoring goals and Arsenal create a lot of chances, so if I do well, then we will do well.
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Of course, there are big strikers here, it is a big club and there will be a lot of competition for places. But it’s up to me to win my place.
For me it’s the best league in the world among the five big countries. That’s why I chose Arsenal and that’s why I dreamt about playing here.
Also the environment appeals to me – the fans, the full stadiums, the different mentality here. So I’m happy to be able to discover this league.
It’s about the fervour around football here. The [supporters] come as a family, they’re very passionate, it’s in their blood. They live football, eat football and sleep football. It’s different to France.
There is a nice sporting challenge as well at Arsenal, and I will play to create history and enjoy myself and give pleasure to the fans. I think that the Premier League corresponds well with me.
Of course now the question is whether Giroud will be playing with Van Persie. Personally I believe Giroud’s signing centered more around the depth needed in the squad, but of course I could be wrong.
Reports have been surfacing claiming Arsenal is keen to offload some of their fringe players now that the deal for Giroud has been completed. The likes of Nicklas Bendtner, Sebastian Squillaci, Marouane Chamakh, Park Chu-Young, Carlos Vela and Denilson are all on this list and while they remain at Arsenal they continue to increase the wage bill.
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