Despite drawing a blank in the club’s first game of the season, Olivier Giroud says he’s the man who can help a ‘fantastic’ Arsenal team win things this season.
The French striker got 19 goals last season, the second highest scorer behind Alexis Sanchez, and he’s sure that after improving his goals to games ratio last season he can do it again this time.
“I showed great mental strength last year and I had good stats,” he said, probably in reference to being out injured for three months.
“I always try to improve myself and I feel with the team, so yes, I am sure I can bring something more to the team and to my team-mates.
“When you want to win the league it is always a mix of skill and mental quality, technique and tactical.
“You cannot win the league without mental strength, so obviously we need that and I think we have got it in our squad, the team is fantastic, like our understanding between us together. I think we can do well with that.”
All eyes will be on Arsene Wenger’s team this Sunday at Selhurst Park after losing to West Ham last weekend, something Giroud is aware of.
“We want to bounce back on Sunday. In pre-season, we all worked well together. We won the Community Shield so there is a lot of expectation.
“Unfortunately we have made mistakes, but we will learn from them and try not to do it again.”
The 29 year old scored against Crystal Palace away from home last season. Whether that plays a part in him retaining his spot tomorrow remains to be seen.