Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud says he has the “fighting spirit” to match the physical tests that come part and parcel of Premier League football.
The France international has struggled to find goalscoring form since his £13million summer move from Montpellier to Emirates Stadium, but he broke his league duck in the 3-1 win over West Ham in the Gunners’ last game.
Giroud has had to adapt a new league as well as become the nominal successor to former Arsenal captain Robin van Persie and the pressure the Dutchman's goals from last season have put on Arsene Wenger’s side this term.
Despite an underwhelming start to his career in north London, Giroud is confident he has the necessary attributes to succeed in England and he believes he has the fight to become a success at Arsenal.
“Yes, but I have to be prepared to battle against some very tough and physical defenders who go for it. That’s the fighting spirit you find in England,” he said in the Evening Standard when asked if he had a style suited to the Premier League.
However, it was not only his style that he thought beneficial for success at Arsenal this season, he also claimed two of his team-mates have made things easier for him.
Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski were also summer arrivals and both have impressed with their performances so far under Arsene Wenger – Giroud
“They are players who breathe football so you don’t have to adapt your game to play with them,” he added.