Olivier Giroud questions Arsene Wenger's tactics in big matches

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has openly questioned whether Arsene Wenger's commitment to attacking, expansive football cost the Gunners dearly in big Premier League matches last season, in an interview with French newspaper Midi-Libre.

Giroud helped Arsenal sit top of the Premier League table for 128 days of the season in a vastly improved second season which featured 16 goals, but ultimately Wenger's men came up short in big matches when it really mattered most.

The 27-year-old is currently with the French squad preparing for this summer's World Cup but was open when quizzed about Arsenal's flaws after scoring a brace against Norway last night, admitting that although injuries were a factor there was a lack of assurance in key matches against direct title rivals.

In the interview with Midi-Libre, republished by the Daily Mail, Arsenal's top scorer said:  "We were on top for a good half of the season and then we cracked.

"I believe we lacked maturity and that we had a lot of injuries at an important time. Above all we weren't able to adapt to the big teams.

"We have to show progress in these matches, to maybe play less football, but it's difficult because it's our playing philosophy."

Arsenal's much-maligned marksman also revealed he is in early discussions to extend his contract at the Emirates, after showing strong signs of making a successful transition to life in the Premier League in his second season with the Gunners.

Giroud still has two years left on his current deal, which surely means Wenger's top priority at this stage to find genuine competition for places in attack through quality additions at this stage.

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