Olivier Giroud insists he wants to stay at Arsenal for the duration of his contract and waved away suggestions he could return to France in the summer.
The striker, who now has 20 goals to his name this season, had been tipped to quit the Emirates after ‘complications’ in his private life saw him garnering front rather than back page headlines. However, eager to draw a line under such nonsense, he’s gone on record to say he’d be open to extending his time in London.
“Could I extend my contract? Why not?” Giroud told TF1 (translated by ESPN.co.uk). “You shouldn’t listen to that [stories in the papers]. A lot of things were said. I’m still happy in London and with Arsenal and think I will be in the future.
“I have a contract until 2016 and I’m an Arsenal player. I want to be here next season, at least that’s my will.”
The French international also touched on his recent strike against West Ham United where a faultless first touch following a long ball by teammate Thomas Vermaelen afforded him the opportunity to smash home at close range.
“I was ribbed about it. People told me it was a goal a la Dennis Bergkamp, which was a nice compliment,” said Giroud.
“There’s everything I like in that goal: the positioning, the use of your body to open up the space and following that up with a good touch; because for a striker, it’s good touch that makes the difference in the penalty area. So that’s good, it shows I have moral resources and that’s good for the team.”
Interestingly, he also highlighted the importance of Champions League football claiming qualification for Europe’s premiere competition is arguably more significant than winning the FA Cup.
“We’ve got a bit of serenity back with regards to fourth. I would say the main objective is to finish fourth – we know that the Champions League is a vital objective for the club. We’ve played in it for the last 16 years and I don’t want to be part of the team that misses out. But the FA Cup final is also very, very important for the club.”
While Giroud has certainly had his critics this season his goal tally and assists record (he has 8 this year) prove that he’s pulled his weight as the lone striker.
Arseblog News isn’t aware of many fans wanting him to be shipped out but it’s obvious he needs more support to ease the pressure on his broad, handsome shoulders. Let’s hope the board and manager find him a partner who can help him thrive.