Olivier Giroud has given his first interview as an Arsenal player and said he’s overjoyed to join a club he describes as ‘mythical’.
The signing of the French international was officially confirmed today and speaking to Arsenal Player, Giroud said the lure of a club with such history was a big draw for him.
Asked what had drawn him to choose Arsenal over other suitors, he said, “It’s the philosophy of how they play. It’s the way Arsene Wenger brings the ‘touch’ to the team.
“In terms of integrations it better because there are some French players here, but it’s also the spirit of this mythical club … ‘The Gunners’. I’ve always admired that and admire what they’ve accomplished.
“I hope to become part of the history and to do some big things with this team and this club.”
Coming from Ligue 1 can often be a challenge but Giroud is confident he can adapt to the English game, primarily because of Arsenal’s style of play.
“I think the way Arsenal play will suit me. I like scoring goals and Arsenal create a lot of chances, so if I do well, then we will do well.
“Of course, there are big strikers here, it is a big club and there will be a lot of competition for places. But it’s up to me to win my place.”
Giroud is also looking forward to meeting up with his old teammate Laurent Koscielny. The two played together at Tours and will cross streams again next season in red and white.
“I’m happy that he’s here now and that I can join him, and it’s a nice story because we were together at Tours four years ago, and we just missed out on getting promoted into Ligue 1.
“Laurent and I have talked a lot. I asked him about life, the club and the environment of the club. We talked about English football because like I said I’ve wanted to play here since I was a kid.
“It was my dream to play in the Premier League so Arsenal was ideal for me and Laurent told me it was a good choice.”
You can see the full interview with Olivier Giroud on Arsenal Player.