Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has leapt to the defence of Chelsea following recent criticism of their "boring" style of play, and paid tribute to the soon-to-be-crowned Premier League champions after suggesting the table speaks for itself when quizzed about the most successful philosophy used in England's top-flight today.
However, the France international insisted the Gunners would not be changing their own approach after stating his belief that finishing second and winning the FA Cup would constitute a great season for Arsene Wenger's side.
Following Sunday's 0-0 draw with the Blues at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal's feint title hopes were pretty much ended with a ten-point gap between themselves and the runaway leaders maintained.
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The visitors frustrated some sections of the home support with their stubbornly pragmatic performance, but Giroud refused to criticise Jose Mourinho's tactics because, at the end of the day, it's Chelsea that will be lifting the domestic crown in May.
"Boring? I don't know but there is the table which speaks for them," he is quoted by Goal.com telling reporters. "It is true maybe they are not [playing] the same game as us but we are not going to change our game and I think they are not going to change their game.
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"I think they are pleased with that and if they are champions, what can you say?"
The 28-year-old refused to dwell too much on Chelsea, though, and instead preferred to focus on the positives that have come from Arsenal's season, particularly during the second half of 2014/15 which saw them win eight games in a row in the Premier League prior to the weekend's goalless stalemate.
After a slow start to the current campaign it looked for a long while that the Gunners would struggle to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League, but a significant upturn in form has lifted them up to second spot and booked a place in the FA Cup final where they'll play Aston Villa at Wembley.
"To get second in the league and win the FA Cup would be a great season," Giroud added. "I know we can still improve ourselves and that is what we have been doing since I signed for Arsenal.
"I am proud of what I've done and I'm pleased with that. I just want to carry on like that and I know if we keep our best players and this determination with the team spirit, I am sure we are going to join this championship race next season.
"It has been a few years since we finished second and, if we can do it, we can see an improvement, which is great.
"Next year, hopefully, we will have fewer injuries, will keep the same group and, with maybe one or two new players, we will have a great season I am sure."
With 18 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions Giroud can look back on another impressive individual season in north London, even though he spent the first part of the campaign sidelined by injury.
Arguably that makes his contribution all the more impressive, and if he keeps on progressing at the current rate it's surely only a matter of time before Arsenal and the former Montpellier marksman become genuine contenders for the domestic crown.
Arsenal fans: Do you think Arsene Wenger needs to change his philosophy to win another Premier League title? Or can the Gunners close the gap on Chelsea next term by carrying on playing the same way? Have your say below...
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