Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud believes he has improved drastically since joining Arsenal last summer from French side Montpellier.
The Frenchman finished top-goalscorer in the French first division last season and helped guide Montpellier to the league title, beating the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille.
After impressing for Montpellier, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger went out and purchased him from the French side for a fee estimated around £12million and despite struggling in the first few months, Giroud became a key member of the first-team at the Emirates Stadium.
Come the end of the season, Giroud had scored 17 goals for the club in all competitions and had also provided the side with 10 assists. An impressive record for his first ever season in England.
In fact, only Theo Walcott scored more than Giroud this season for Arsenal as the Englishman bagged himself 21 goals in all competitions.
After getting over the adaption from the French league to the English league, Giroud looked a lot more comfortable for The Gunners and after scoring his first goal for the club against Coventry in the Capital One Cup, the French striker went from strength to strength.
The striker has been talking to an Arsenal magazine and he has revealed the reasons why he believes he has improved so much and he has special praise for his team-mates.
“The biggest change really is the players around you,” Giroud told the Official Arsenal Magazine. “There are world-class players here. Even at training, there is more pace too so you need to be more focused, more aware, more committed and all of that makes you improve so much.
“I had to adapt mostly to the challenges in matches. Here, it is a key part of the game. You need to use your body and be clever on how to jump for a header for example. I have improved massively on that.
“It is interesting because after a few weeks, the fitness coaches knew me better and told me that I had to work on my strengths, try to be more dynamic and work on how I hold the ball.
“So I’ve been doing a lot of exercises to develop my shoulders and my arms to protect the ball well. I understood that I had to play more with my body here than in France. It has paid off.
“I also had to adapt to Arsenal. I had to discover my team-mates, understand how they like to play. It was a new type of football where I had to do everything better compared to before. Physically, I was ready but it is a big change compared to France, which is more tactical.”
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