Olivier Giroud has backed the current crop of Arsenal players to succeed next season, but insists that we must first focus on finishing this campaign successfully.
The Frenchman has come in for some criticism recently, with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry claiming that we can’t win titles while his compatriot is leading our attack (via the Daily Mail).
Giroud has ignored the critique from the ex-Gunner though, and is concentrating more on the success of the team. He is convinced that retaining the FA Cup, as well as finishing second in the league, would constitute a decent campaign, and is determined to see those plans come to fruition.
The 28-year-old is happy with his own contributions this season, but insists that he can still improve.
“Hopefully if we can have less injuries, keep the same group and with maybe one or two new players, we will have a great season [next year],” Giroud said, according Arsenal’s official website.
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“We have to finish this one first, and to get second and win the FA Cup would be a great season. It has been a few years since we finished second and if we can do it we can see an improvement, which is great.
“But the championship is not finished, which is why we need to focus in the last five games to keep second place.
“I know we can still improve ourselves and that is what we have been doing since I signed for Arsenal. I am proud about it and pleased with that.
“I just want to carry on like that, and I know if we keep our best players and this determination with the team spirit, we are going to join [next season’s title] race.”
You wouldn’t put it past Giroud to improve once again next season, as he has been doing so since he arrived at the Emirates.
His form has been particularly fantastic since his return from injury, and hopefully he can carry that form into the new season and prove Henry wrong by guiding us to the title.