Olivier Giroud will not be taking part in Sunday’s game against Liverpool, but the frontman has been speaking to the press in France about his aims for the upcoming season.
With Arsenal heading into that game with Alexis Sanchez likely deployed as a centre forward and no new striker looking like he’s even close to a move, Giroud’s return to match fitness after the Euros cannot come quick enough.
“We want to win the Premier League for many years,” Giroud told SFR Sport 1. “We built the team.
“We want to bring it to the club. I hope after the slump that we had earlier this year, we will negotiate it better
“This is often what happens in March. I hope we will start strong and finish strong.”
It is easy to forget, in all the turmoil and change that is around in the Premier League at the minute, that Arsenal finished second last season, with nobody able to stop Leicester’s fairy-tale.
It’s also easy to believe that we aren’t ready for this season, that we haven’t improved, and that we are doomed to failure.
But on the eve of our kick-off, it might also be worth reminding yourself that we *did* finish second and have added Granit Xhaka and Rob Holding to the team, with a few weeks of the window still left to go.
Perhaps it really isn’t as bad as many would have you believe, eh?