Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has denied speculation he has signed a new deal with the Gunners but admits he could commit his future to the north London club soon.
The France international’s future has come under scrutiny due to a lack of starts although his agent has insisted he has no intention of leaving the club.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that Giroud has already signed a new deal that will keep him at Arsenal until 2019 but he says that is not quite the case.
“People have been saying I have signed a new contract,” he said via The Guardian. “It is not true but may be soon.”
Giroud made his first Premier League start of the season against West Brom on Boxing Day, netting a late winner, and he says he is happy despite his reduced role.
“This season has been difficult because also I was injured for a month and a half, so it hasn’t been easy,” he added.
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“I don’t want to talk too much about me but it was a big day for me [against West Brom] but also a turning point for the team because, if we didn’t win, we would have been in trouble. We always try to be positive and keep the faith in our game, keep going and keep believing and at the end of the day that has paid off.
“It is all about keeping the focus high. Always keep working hard at training. I was speaking with the boss, we had a couple of discussions together and he explained to me why I hadn’t played too much until here. But football is an everlasting new beginning, as I used to say, and you always have to keep focused and wait for your time.
“I tried to give everything for the team and hopefully things will change for me. But as long as the team is getting better I am happy and I am part of the club since five years and I want to carry on. But we have to see, I need more time of games but we will see in the future. The best thing is to keep within distance of Chelsea.”
Giroud has certainly scored some important goals this season and he will be hoping to keep his place in the side for the visit of Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day.