Olivier Giroud has said that Arsenal will be adding a striker to the ranks this summer, and that he’s ready to compete with any new arrival.
Speaking to InfoSportPlus, the HFB said, “I can tell you Arsenal will add a striker to the team. We need another striker. Great clubs have several good strikers, who compete with each other.”
To be fair to Giroud, he did say last summer he would have welcomed Luis Suarez despite what that would have meant to his own chances, and it seems he’s ready to fight for his place and, perhaps, work in tandem with another forward.
The former Montpellier man finished the club’s top scorer with 22 goals, up 5 from his first season, but as yet he says there’s been no movement on a new deal.
He confirmed last month that talks had begun, but said, “No decision has been taken yet about extending my contract.”
Giroud is also hoping to be part of France’s side as they face Honduras in their World Cup opener on Saturday, after reports that he could be left on the bench.
“It would kind of be a disappointment, because I think I’ve done well in the warm-up games. But there is a coach, and you have to respect his choices. But that’s not my primary concern, nor will it stop me sleeping right now.
“The important thing is to prepare yourself well for the first game and make yourself available for the team and the coach.”
Translation via @GrooverBlog