Giroud eyes title charge

Olivier Giroud believes Arsenal's impressive Community Shield victory over Manchester City proves they are ready to challenge for the Premier League title this season.

Last Updated: 11/08/14 at 11:27 Post Comment

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (left): Celebrates scoring their third goal of the game

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (left): Celebrates scoring their third goal of the game

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The French striker scored one of the Gunners’ goals as they brushed last season’s champions City aside at Wembley on Sunday.

It is a hugely encouraging result for the north London club, who ended a nine-year wait for silverware last season when they beat Hull City to win the FA Cup.

Arsene Wenger has bolstered his squad by signing Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, defenders Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers, and goalkeeper David Ospina, and Giroud feels that this season they can avoid the late-season slumps that have marred recent campaigns.

“Last year we did well until March and then we had a bad run after,” said Giroud. “We have a good quality squad and that is why I think we will be stronger this year.

"We wanted to come back and be stronger than last year. When our German World Cup players (Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker) join us we will be stronger and hopefully stay that way until May."

Giroud’s goal is a timely reminder of his talent following the £30m arrival of Sanchez from Barcelona.

Wenger has hinted that the Chile international could be used as a lone striker but Giroud feels there is room for both of them in the starting line-up.

"I have a good understanding with Alexis,” added Giroud. “It is always easy to play with this kind of player.

"He will need some more games to adapt his game to the Premier League but he is a fantastic player so I think he will do a great season.

"He has different qualities than me. He can bring his pace and technique and he is a great finisher."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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