Arsenal round-up: Olivier Giroud hoping Chelsea slip up in title race

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Olivier Giroud has conceded that Arsenal are hoping Chelsea slip up in these final weeks of the season, but admitted finishing second or third in the Premier League table would not be a disaster.

The France international, who scored both goals in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Newcastle United on Saturday, told French media that he and his teammates are also focused on winning the FA Cup for the second season in a row.

Arsenal face Championship strugglers Reading at Wembley next month in the semi-finals of world football’s oldest cup competition.

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“Finishing second or third would be fine, although we will be hoping Chelsea slip up,” Giroud told RMC Sport, according to the Daily Mail. “Winning the FA Cup is also an objective. I continue my progress. I feel very well at Arsenal. It is important to continue to progress.”

Giroud, who has scored 17 goals in 26 appearances this season, also believes he is currently in his best run of form since joining the Gunners from Montpellier in the summer of 2012.

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“Since I have been at Arsenal, this is perhaps my best period. I have to continue like that,” he added. “I scored 16 or 17 goals in the league last year. I would like to do better.”

Giroud currently has 13 Premier League goals to his name but sits six goals behind Diego Costa and Harry Kane - of Chelsea and Tottenham, respectively - in the race for the Golden Boot.

Is Olivier Giroud for the perfect striker for Arsenal? Or should the Gunners look to sign an upgrade this summer? Have your say in the comments below!

Arsene Wenger to hold meeting with Mesut Ozil

In other news, Arsene Wenger is poised to hold a face-to-face meeting with Arsenal’s record-signing Mesut Ozil following reports that he visited a nightclub hours after missing the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Newcastle United through illness.

Ozil was granted permission by Wenger to fly back to Germany on Saturday in order to rest and recuperate ahead of Wednesday’s international friendly between the world champions and Australia.

But instead of putting his feet up at home, Ozil was spotted at ‘The Pearl’ - a Berlin nightclub - with his marketing staff.

Once he returns from international duty, Wenger plans to have a talk with Ozil to find out why he decided to go out partying on the same day he was declared unfit to play for Arsenal.

Does Mesut Ozil deserve to be punished for his lack of professionalism? Have your say in the comments below!

Mats Hummels wants to leave Borussia Dortmund

And finally, Arsenal target Mats Hummels has decided that he wants to leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season.

But the World Cup winner reportedly has his sights set on a move to Old Trafford, rather than the Emirates Stadium.

Manchester United have a long-standing interest in the Germany international, who will cost £36 million to sign this summer.

But with the likes of Per Mertesacker, Calum Chambers, Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista, news of Hummels’ decision is unlikely to come as a major blow to Arsene Wenger.

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