The French international has enjoyed a great season at the Emirates Stadium, scoring 22 goals and assisting 8 in all competitions. It looked as though he could be set to leave the North London club this summer after suffering a loss of form, along with personal problems threatening his future at the club.
However the 27 year old has now insisted that he wants to sign an extension and believes there is still more to come from him in England’s top tier.
According to Espn, he said:
I have two years left on my contract, but we’re in talks to extend it. For the moment, I’m good here. There are some good things to be done.
I feel at ease in this league. My first season wasn’t too bad, the second was rather good. I hope to do better still. I progress year-on-year, just like the team, which produces great play.
We were ahead for a good half of the season, and then we cracked. We lacked maturity; we had a lot of injuries at a tricky time. Above all, we weren’t able to adapt to the big teams, and we often went off the rails in big games. We have to improve in those matches, perhaps we have to try to play less. But it’s hard with the playing philosophy we have.
The French striker has been criticised at times due to his lack of mobility and goal threat. However, he recovered from a mid-season slump to finish the campaign as the Gunners’ top scorer in the Premier League and has also helped the club end their nine year wait for a trophy with a victory over Hull City in the FA Cup final.
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He has proven he is a decent player, but has never been good enough to lead the Gunners forward line as he has been virtually alone ever since he arrived. He has also never fully had the support of the fans. The main criticism of Giroud is that he doesn’t turn up in the big games, which is arguably true, with his lack of pace exposed.
He has proved he can score goals for the club and that he can play the Arsenal way. He should stay, but he needs another striker for support and for competition. The Gunners need a speedy forward who could complement the Frenchman’s physicality and bring in that element of surprise in the attack. Hopefully the competition of a world class striker would most definitely see his tally rise again next season.
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