Olivier Giroud has advised his teammates to start performing stronger at the beginning of matches because he won’t be able to score late goals every week. The Frenchman has scored a number of crucial goals in the latter stages of games this season but has warned his teammates that it won’t happen forever (via Arsenal.com).
Statistically, Olivier Giroud is probably one of the most valuable players in the Premier League. His goals this season have often come late and he’s almost single-handedly won a number of matches for the Gunners. Speaking to Arsenal Player, the Frenchman has revealed why he thinks that is as well as what he thinks should happen next.
“I don’t know if I am a better striker, maybe I am,” he said. “I’ve obviously improved myself since I signed for Arsenal, but I always try to be stronger [physically] and stronger in my head as well.
“It’s never easy to be injured and as I told you, to watch the game in front when you are injured and you can’t play is frustrating. That’s why I was so happy to come back on the pitch after these injuries.
“I’ve always tried to bring something to the team and I was very pleased to score important goals, especially in the final minutes.”
The Gunners have come from behind to win on a number of occasions this season with Olivier Giroud usually spearheading the attack. The forward seems aware of it too but issued a warning to his teammates that it won’t always happen like that.
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“But as I’ve said before, we need to be stronger at the beginning of the games because I’m not going to score goals in the last minute every week!”
Olivier Giroud is absolutely right to say that. As good as it is to see the Gunners scoring late goals and coming from behind to win, it would be even better to see the team go ahead early and keep the lead. Arsenal’s next two Premier League matches are against Watford and Chelsea and while a poor Gunners start may not be punished in the first match, it definitely will be in the second.