Olivier Giroud admits that winning the Ballon d’Or would be a dream but insists he’ll continue setting himself realistic goals as he has done throughout his career.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League game against Napoli the incredibly handsome 27-year-old attacker also defiantly underlined that improvement in his goal stats this season won’t solely be down to new boy Mesut Ozil.
“This is a dream,” the HFB told France Football (snippets featured in Le 10 Sport) when asked if he has his eyes on becoming the world’s best player.
“But what has made me a success so far is that I always set reasonable goals.
“I grew up like this, step by step. Before thinking about the Ballon d’Or, before being one of the world’s top ten players, I’ve got to be in the top ten strikers in England.
“I’m working on imposing myself as one of the top ten and I’d like to do that this year. That is a short-term goal.”
Asked whether he’s worried that people might attribute any upturn in goal scoring to the arrival of Mesut Ozil, the Frenchman stressed that he’s already proved himself capable of finding the prior to the German’s arrival.
“It [Arsenal’s signing of Ozil] can be a double-edged sword, it’s true,” he said.
“Right now I’m on fire – and we have just signed a superb number 10 who will bring plenty to the table.
“People will start to say it’s easy to score at Arsenal now that Ozil is here – that if Giroud scores, it’s because of Ozil. But I was scoring before he arrived.”
Speaking at his pre-Napoli press conference, Arsene Wenger also touched on Giroud’s improvement since last summer stressing that he’s now in the peak years of his career and well placed to become even better.
“Giroud is already (one of the leading strikers in Europe). I think will he improve and be better in all the aspects of his game. As long as all the aspects are there, the attitude is there as well. At 27, you always think the best years are coming for him now.
“I am never surprised by the improvement of the players, because that gives you the feeling that we are doing the right things. For him, the jump from Montpellier to Arsenal was quite big. In the first season, it is always quite difficult.”