Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud believes next year will be "massively important" not only for himself personally, but for the Gunners as well.

The French striker has adapted to life in England well after leaving France and Montpellier in order to move to London with Arsenal.

He was the leading goal-scorer in the French first division before joining The Gunners and he helped guide Montpellier to the Ligue 1 title, finishing above sides like mega-rich Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille.

After completing his £12million move from France to England, Giroud was given the tough job of replacing Dutchman Robin van Persie. A job deemed un-achievable.

Come the end of the season, Giroud had scored 17 goals in all competitions for Arsenal and had provided 10 assists as well for the club, so overall, it wasn't a bad debut season for the 26-year-old.

Giroud revealed that he believes next season will be the biggest in his career on-and-off the pitch.

The Frenchman has said he will become a dad for the first-time off the pitch and will also have eyes on the 2014 World Cup hosted in Brazil for his country France.

After talking about his personal life and his dreams for his country, Giroud then went on to talk about his future at the Emirates Stadium.

The striker commented on the team's title chances and he believes if they start next year how they ended this year, they will easily be title contenders, and the striker wants next season to be his best ever as he tries to make a name for himself in one of the biggest football clubs around the world.

“It is a massively important season with a lot of challenges,” Giroud told the Official Arsenal Magazine. “I will become a dad for the first time, which will be an enormous change.

“I also really want to establish myself with Arsenal and make a name for myself here. Finally, I dream of playing at the World Cup in Brazil next summer as well. I played in the last Euros but this would be even more amazing. I am really excited about the season to come.

“If we start better than we did this season, I know that we can compete for the title because we are used to playing together now. We have improved as a team but also as individuals throughout the season, especially the newcomers like Santi, Lukas and me.”


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