Olivier Giroud recognises he has an integral part to play in Arsenal’s quest for Champions League qualification claiming he must maintain his scoring momentum in the club’s last four Premier League games of the campaign.
The French international notched his 20th goal of the season last night against West Ham – and a very attractive one it was too – as the Gunners crept back into fourth place above Everton, who play Crystal Palace this evening.
Reflecting on his record in front of goal so far the striker told Arsenal Player:
“I enjoy my stats because when you are a striker you think that we are looking for the stats and assists as well. I am OK with my stats but I know the team will need me again for the last [four] Premier League games. So I need to score again and again.
“We need to win the last four ‘finals’ because we don’t have our destiny in our hands. I hope Everton will lose against maybe Manchester United this weekend. We keep focusing on what we have to do and win our games. After that we will see but first we have to do the job.”
Speaking after the game Arsene Wenger also assessed Giroud’s role this season, bigging up his compatriot to finish the season as he started it.
“I think he started [the season] very strong and then went through a difficult patch,” he said. “Now he looks refreshed and I am pleased that he’s back to his level. The goal he scored tonight will certainly give him the confidence that he needs.
“Overall I like his mentality and I like his spirit. He has great charisma as a player and I’m sure he will finish the season well.”