Olivier Giroud insists that despite being in terrible form, Arsenal can still win the Premiership and Europa League this season.

Speaking ahead of France’s 4-0 World Cup qualifier win over the Netherlands on Thursday, Giroud insisted that Arsenal are capable of winning the Premiership AND Europa League despite only recently getting thumped away to Liverpool.

“I did not have the opportunity to go to a club that suited me (this summer) and I think we can win the Premier League and the Europa League this year,” Giroud said, reports Le Monde.

“The increased competition does not scare me. I always did (well) with (it).”

Obviously there’s no clear way of being able to tell whether Giroud was either drunk or joking when he suggested that this current Arsenal side, playing the way we are, can win the title. Maybe he means statistically, because statistically we can… Maybe Arsene Wenger had a gun to his head? We know the boss attended the in France for the international match after all.

The 30-year-old has decided to stay at Arsenal after being linked with a move away this summer. The striker has just two years left on his current deal, despite only extending in January, and struggled for starts last season.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 11: Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

He was therefore linked with Marseille and Everton but opted to stay and fight of a place at Arsenal instead, claiming that his heart told him to stay, which makes a nice change from little boys telling our strikers to join Manchester United.

The France international has already scored once for Arsenal this season in just 75 minutes. Not that this means much considering the Gunners have only clinched three points out of a possible nine and have just lost in shambolic fashion to Liverpool.

I don’t think anyone expects Arsenal to even come in the top four, let alone win the title this term. But I like Giroud’s optimism/ability to tell barefaced lies to the media.