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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Giroud argues greed is not always good

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud. Picture credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud. Picture credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

ARSENAL striker Olivier Giroud insists he does not have to be so greedy in front of goal when he is surrounded by so many high quality teammates.

The France international has scored eight goals this season but has also provided four assists, already more than last year. Giroud dismissed the notion that centre-forwards have to be single-minded to succeed.

"It is a quality when you are a striker to not always be greedy and when you have a teammate well placed on the pitch, in a good position, you have to assist him," he said.

"Strikers are judged on their goals but we must (provide) assists and that is what I try to do: help my teammates.

"It is easy to play with people like Jack (Wilshere), Mesut (Ozil), Santi (Cazorla) or Tomas (Rosicky) – all my offensive teammates. We have good relationships on the pitch and when we play one-touch football it is a pleasure."

Giroud scored 17 goals in his first campaign with the Gunners but at this stage of last season he had only three goals as he took a while to settle.

There has been no such issue this season and the 27-year-old puts that mainly down to improved confidence.

Progress

"I think technically I had it before, maybe I progressed because we have worked on it a lot in training," he said.

"I feel really confident, the boss made me feel good and that is why I feel good and try to improve every day. It is all about confidence, I think."

Premier League leaders Arsenal host Liverpool, just two points behind in third, in the match of the weekend.

While the Reds have had a week to prepare after a 4-1 demolition of West Brom, Wenger's players have had to pick themselves up from the midweek League Cup defeat at home to Chelsea.

Defender Thomas Vermaelen believes the visit of Brendan Rodgers' side provides the ideal opportunity to get over that loss.

"It is for the league and we need to respond quickly," he said.

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