Olivier Giroud claims he is thrilled by his scoring record against the big teams this season, and insists that we have improved massively in comparison to 2013/14.
The Frenchman has been scoring with regularity this season, and boasts an excellent record – despite missing a large chunk of the campaign with a broken foot.
He has found the back of the net against Manchester United, Manchester City, and Liverpool, and believes he has the confidence and the mentality to keep up his fine form.
“We all want to score against these [big] teams and it was a great feeling to do it, especially because last season I didn’t score too much against the big four,” he said (via Arsenal.com)
“Those were great goals for me and I want to score one more against them.
- [Team news] Arsenal line up vs Wolves – Arteta’s dilemma with three out
- [Player ratings] Molde 0-3 Arsenal – Balogun scores as Gunners cruise
- Arteta reveals contract talks for starlet who’s part of Arsenal’s ‘DNA’
“I try to bring something to the team. Especially in big games, you need to be ready. Sometimes you have doubts and it’s not easy. You miss confidence and everything can go the wrong way.
“But I’m ok to play with pressure, I have experience with that now and it shows that confidence must be high to be competitive.”
He isn’t the only one who has been performing well this season, and he was quick to recognise the contributions of the team as a whole.
“I think we have all improved our game,” he continued.
“We know each other very well now and I’m settled in the team.
“Even if I had a bad injury at the beginning of the season, I came back stronger with a great determination to bounce back.
“We didn’t have a fantastic start and we needed a fresh attitude and more determination. I think we were in a good run before the disappointing result against Swansea.
“I hope that we’re going to bounce back against Manchester United.”
It’s a strange time for Giroud to be talking up his goalscoring exploits, as he is currently experiencing his longest drought of the season. With the last few games aside however, it’s hard to argue with the fact that he’s in the best form of his Arsenal career.
He has become instrumental to the way we play, and we are a far better team with him leading the line. Hopefully he can continue his trend of scoring against the big teams, as we may need a goal from him to clinch a second Old Trafford victory over Manchester United this season.