Arsenal striker target 'dreaming' of England


Arsenal and Newcastle target Olivier Giroud has his heart set on making a move to England at some stage, but says he is working towards short-term goals with Montpellier at present.

According to, the 25-year-old striker would relish the opportunity to test himself in the Barclays Premier League, but for the time being is focused on maintaining his form for club and country.

Giroud has quickly become one of the leading lights in Ligue 1, with his ongoing development having been rewarded with two international caps for France.

His fine form has alerted the attention of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who is believed to be weighing up a bid to bring him to the Emirates Stadium in January.

However, Arsenal could face competition from Newcastle, who are also seeking attacking reinforcements during the transfer window.

"I have always stated that it would be a dream to play in England," confirmed Giroud. "But I am focused on Montpellier for now because I owe them a lot. I don't want to think about too many things at once.

"We are all hoping to play in Europe and the next couple of months will be a turning point in our season."

With 14 goals to his name already this campaign, it's clear to see why both Arsenal and Newcastle have been attracted to Giroud's potential.

"My personal objective is to score 20 goals and end the season on top of the scoring charts," he added.

"I also want to go to the Euros with the French team, so it is only right that I aim to finish above the other forwards."

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