Olivier Giroud wants Arsenal title challenge next season


Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud believes that the current crop of players at the club are good enough to see the side push for the title come next season.

The Gunners finished fourth this year after beating Newcastle on the final day of the season 1-0 at St James Park thanks to a Laurent Koscielny second-half strike.

The victory was enough to see Arsenal finish above fierce-rivals Tottenham Hotspur, ensuring a top-four finish for the 16th consecutive season.

Despite the positive ending to the season, overall it has been an unsuccessful year for the club as they have seen their trophy drought extend to eight-years after poor showings in all cup competitions, but they will be encouraged with their end to the campaign.

The Gunners ended the season as the form team in the Premier League after they picked up 26 points from a possible 30.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, who ended his season scoring 17 goals in all competitions, believes if the club can start the new season how they ended the last, they will easily be in contention for the title, but he is adamant that the club need to start well come August.

"If we start better than we did this season, I know that we will compete for the title next year because we are used to playing together now and have improved as a team," he told skysports.com.

"We have also improved as individuals throughout the season, especially the newcomers like Santi (Cazorla), Lukas (Podolski) and me."

The French striker has also been talking about his move from Montpellier to Arsenal in the summer and he believes he has adapted to English life well and even states that he has improved as a player drastically thanks to Arsenal.

"It was not easy at all. It was a massive challenge," he said.

"I hope that as early as my second season, I can play week in week out and keep scoring regularly because it's key for a striker.

"I have scored fewer compared to last season in Montpellier but the ratio, minutes played to goals scored, is good.

"I scored 17 goals in all competitions and gave 10 assists which, for a first season in England, is good. I am happy with the stats.

"However, you can always do better and I know I can do better and there is a lot of room for improvement. That is why I am already looking forward to next season."

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