Olivier Giroud would kiss Mesut Ozil

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed he would kiss Mesut Ozil, marry Arsene Wenger and avoid Per Mertesacker.

The France international was coming to the end of his interview with talkSPORT when asked the snog, marry and avoid question - but while most footballers would have avoided it and moved on, Giroud let the fans know his answer.

"I would kiss Mesut, marry the boss and Per the last one,” Giroud said, before adding: "I will see [Per] again because he is my neighbour, so that is why I choose him!"

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Giroud answered a couple of questions on the slightly more serious side during the 12-minute interview, but it was mainly a light-hearted chat which gave a real insight into the jovial striker who tends to come across well off the pitch.

The 28-year-old admitted he missed France - because of the weather and the restaurants - and, naturally, also talked about his hair and good looks.

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Giroud also said that the best goal he scored for Arsenal was his 25-yarder against Manchester City, and believes he would have been a personal trainer had he not made it as a footballer.

Wenger could pick Walcott for FA Cup final

The former Montpellier star is currently preparing for Saturday’s FA Cup final against Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium - a match he might not start due to the recent form of Theo Walcott.

Walcott netted a stunning first-half hat-trick against West Brom last weekend and could get the nod to start against Villa this weekend by Arsene Wenger.

But Giroud is optimistic that he will feature, telling talkSPORT: “It’s a great feeling to have all those fans singing and cheering for us. I’m looking forward to the day.

“It’s always a tough game. We are expecting a strong Aston Villa team in front of us. We really respect them, even if they had that trouble at the start of the season. In a one-off game anything can happen. You have to be aware.”

Giroud won the FA Cup last season and when asked to describe what it feels like to win the oldest cup competition in world football, he explained: “It’s a target of the season to win a trophy, so it’s a great feeling. It means you have reached your target. In every type of job you have to reach your target and it’s a great feeling to reach this one.”

Arsenal could replace Giroud this summer

Speculation is rife that Arsenal will attempt to sign a new first-class striker - possibly Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema - in order to go closer to winning either the Premier League or the Champions League next season.

It’s even been reported that Wenger is willing to listen to offers for Giroud, who has scored a reasonable 57 goals in 133 appearances for the Gunners.

But would Arsenal regret selling Olivier Giroud?

Arsenal fans: would you keep Olivier Giroud at the Emirates Stadium next season? Do the Gunners need a better centre-forward? Have your say in the comments below!

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