Olivier Giroud backs himself to lead Arsenal line next season

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Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud is adamant that he can improve further and lead the line in a successful title challenge next season, targeting further improvement after a productive second season in the Premier League.

Giroud has already bettered his first season at Arsenal with 20 goals in all competitions, including 14 in the Premier League, but Gunners fans will still be desperate for Arsene Wenger to strengthen in attack with new strikers this summer.

The 27-year-old has been at pains to insist that Wenger can trust him to do the business next season.

He told The Mirror: "I feel that I have more strings to my bow, as I have definitely progressed, I know the Premier League better. This was my objective, to do better than last year.

"It's good, but I still know that I can do better. I can improve ever year, and I will try to get even better, and if I do well it will show in the level of my stats.

"My objectives are like they were at Montpellier, but the Premier League is a bit harder. I still hope to score two or three more goals, overall I want 20 to 25 goals. It's good for my second season and I have fixed my objectives for next year. It's good to continue up front."

Wenger's side are currently locked in a fierce fight to salvage Champions League qualification and the FA Cup from a season that had such promise before the turn of the year, but Giroud is adamant fourth place still constitutes a successful season.

He claimed: "If we finish fourth, we have not lost anything and it will be a good season. I think that if we finish fourth, that will be a successful season. And the FA Cup, if we win, would be a bonus.

"To finish fourth is almost crucial for the club. We would like to end well and finish fourth."

Arsenal can move four points clear of nearest rivals Everton tonight with victory against Newcastle United, and with just two games left for both sides that advantage could well prove to be decisive.

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