If you were drinking a cup of tea when you saw this headline, I apologise. Wipe your screen down and read on, because Arsenal’s French international striker has suggested that he has been better that the Gunners scoring legend Thierry Henry and the `beast` Didier Drogba.
Now, I am one of Giroud’s fans. I supported him earlier in the season when the Arsenal fans were getting on his back and calling him every name under the sun in the comments section, but I think the big forward may have gone a bit too far with that statement.
To be fair to Giroud, he was probably responding to a leading question and defending his input for Arsenal in his debut season, and I would agree that it has been a decent start, but he needs to push on and do much better next season to start comparing himself with those two.
“I replaced van Persie and, when you arrive at a big club like that, they are very demanding towards you,” said Giroud.
“The criticism has not always been deserved, but they push you on. 17 goals and 11 assists; that is better than Henry and Drogba in their first seasons.
“This is the quality I have. I have got better with this team and this staff, it is another level. And I want to continue to improve.”
Actually, Giroud has got his facts a little wrong. His numbers are better than Drogba, who scored 16 with five assists in his first season, but King Henry bagged a fantastic 26 goals with 11 assists in his first season. What Giroud needs to do is keep working and getting better. He has got a lot to offer Arsenal and you can see why he attracted interest from Bayern Munich.
“My agent spoke to them and it was approved by people at Bayern,” Giroud revealed. “But they wanted to wait for the Euros, and Mandzukic had a great Euros. To be pursued by Bayern, it is good. PSG? They are clearly very attractive, but I am happy where I am.”
After a shaky and slow start, Giroud has improved a lot this season and has acclimatised to the Premier League. The last two games without him have also helped the Arsenal fans to appreciate what he does for the team. With another top class striker brought in this summer, I think that Arsenal will be a real threat next season. What do you think, Gooners?