Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League clash with, Olivier Giroud spoke of the depth Arsène Wenger’s side currently has, saying they could field two strong teams.

Giroud has been a victim of Arsenal’s strength in depth, playing just 91 minutes of football this season, but he’s been full of praise for such competition for places, insisting it improves the players, reports Daily Star.

“Of course, we have at least two good teams and a lot of competition. It’s nice for everybody when we need to be focused and competitive. It keeps focus high and improves our subs. Always nice to have good players alongside you and push you forward. Trust me we have a very good team.”


In my opinion, Arsenal will need a big squad if they plan to have any success in the Premier League whilst also competing in the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup. If you go deep in the Europa League, it will mean a lot more games have to be squeezed in to an already busy fixture list, which can have a strain on a squad without depth.

Giroud also spoke out about his hopes of hitting 100 goals for Arsenal, as he’s currently sitting on 99 ahead of Thursday’s meeting. “It’s a privilege for me to play for Arsenal and to score almost a hundred goals. I hope it happens as quick as it can,” Giroud added.

Olivier Giroud could start against Koln this evening, with Arsene Wenger likely to give his fringe players a chance to impress, while having one eye on Sunday’s meeting with Chelsea in the Premier League. In my opinion, the French international may not start at Stamford Bridge, so his best chance of hitting 100 goals may be today.