Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has sent a message to the Premier League by claiming the current crop of players at the club are stronger than what they were last season - and he believes they are ready to challenge for the title.
The Gunners struggled to achieve a top-four finish last season, but after winning nine out of their last 11 games, they surprisingly jumped above fierce-rivals Tottenham and secured themselves a Champions League spot.
Despite the poor season overall last campaign, striker Giroud believes that, this season, the team will be a lot stronger and will be ready to fight for silverware as the club look to end their long trophy drought which has now extended to eight years.
Worryingly for the fans of Arsenal, they are yet so make any real marquee signings, unlike their rivals, but the French striker doesn't believe that it makes them any less of a force for the new campaign.
“We have more knowledge now,” the France international told the club's website. “Santi, Poldi, me - we were new players last season.
“We also didn’t lose anyone during the summer for the first time in a few years. That is good for us, and [so is the fact] we know each other much better as it will be easier for us to win more games. We just need a better start this season.”
Throughout the summer, Arsenal have been linked with some high-profile names, especially in the striking department, but Giroud has insisted that that doesn't bother him and has admitted that he would welcome any new arrivals at the club.
“It does not worry me but that is why I look forward to September because we will know the team then and the players,” he said. “I have heard a lot of things and I know we need a striker. But the most important thing is the team.
“It will be good for the team and me as well to have another striker as we will have more competition. I could play with him or without him. We will see.”
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