Hello and welcome all to our Arsenal news roundup for today. With the Gunners not having a game until they face Hull City next Monday it’s fair to say we’ve got quite a lot of gossip to get through.
With that in mind here’s the biggest and best stories we could source from this morning. All Arsenal-related, of course.
We start with Olivier Giroud, who has spoken positively about his recovery from a lengthy injury layoff last year. The Frenchman broke his tibia in August and was forced to watch on from the sidelines for three months, but has since returned with aplomb.
It’s fair to say Giroud hasn’t been every Arsenal addict’s cup of tea since joining from Montpellier, and he’s certainly had huge boots to fill with the likes of Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie having gone before him.
However the player himself is confident that he’s better now than before he suffered the aforementioned injury, also insisting that he is far more comfortable technically than he used to be before he joined Arsene Wenger’s fold.
"I was really frustrated to be injured,” he said.
“It was a tough moment for me because it was the first time I was injured for so much time. It was nice to see the game from the sidelines for several games and I could have seen things you can’t see from the pitch.
“I think I came back even stronger because my mind was focused on coming back as soon as possible, being strong and scoring as many goals as I can. I was really determined when I came back and wanted to transform all this frustration into good energy to help the team win and to enjoy the game.
“I am not the same player as I was at Montpelier. When I won the league, it was a fantastic season but I think I have improved myself in different parts of my game. I am technically more confident, I have worked a lot on my quick feet because I am tall and it is not so easy for me but in Arsenal we play in a fantastic, technical way and I try to give my best."
With the second-half of this season having gone so well it makes sense to assume Arsenal supporters will be targeting a Premier League title charge next year. If they are then it remains to be seen whether or not Giroud is capable of spearheading it. That’s ultimately where his north London legacy will be made or broken.
Cech to Arsenal
Next up we turn to the transfer window, where the latest speculation sheds a very positive light over the Petr Cech to Arsenal rumours. It’s said now that Wenger’s side are well in the running for the Czech international as he isn’t keen on moving abroad.
With Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina failing to assert themselves as dominant number ones the general consensus is that Wenger has to bring in an experienced stopper if he’s to give his side the best possible chance of winning the league next year.
Cech definitely falls into that camp and, due to the fact he’s seemingly unwilling to uproot his family from London, the Gunners could well be favourites.
We’ll finish on a slightly more humorous note, with police having reportedly been called to Arsenal's London Colney training ground because a young player’s mum attacked Dick Law. You heard it right, the mother of Gunners youth prospect Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been banned from the stadium as she is said to have assaulted two members of the club’s staff. Click here for more information.
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