Olivier Giroud believes he’s only marginally behind Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
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Last season, Giroud scored 12 Premier League goals, 16 over all competitions, while Kane won the golden boot, netting 29 in the league alone.
The 30-year-old’s minutes-per-goal ratio was the second best in the league. On average, the France international scored a goal every 99.5 minutes, whereas Kane scored every 87.4.
“The most important thing for an attacker is efficiency,” Giroud told French outlet, Le Parisien.
“I have scored 16 goals in 17 seasons this season. If I had had more presence, I would probably have scored more. My goal-to-play ratio is very good, it’s the second best in the Premier League, just behind Harry Kane.”
While the Spurs man did score more, he was given far more time on the pitch compared to Arsenal’s super-sub Giroud.
You can therefore probably understand why Giroud seems frustrated and may leave north London this summer in search of regular game time.
When given the chance, he performed, but when Alexis Sanchez is at the club, Arsene Wenger didn’t have much of a choice unless he continually shifted the formation around.
Wenger likes to stick with a consistent starting XI and not rotate too much, which meant that Giroud barely got a look in.