By Lloyd Webb

Olivier Giroud believes his title-winning experience in France can help Arsenal this season.

The striker helped Montpellier beat the likes of PSG and Monaco to lift the Ligue 1 trophy in 2012 and was instrumental on Saturday as the Gunners beat Newcastle United 1-0 to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League.

We have a good mixture of experienced players and young players

Olivier Giroud

Giroud says he will use his know-how to encourage the younger players in the squad over the coming months.

“To be a champion, I know [what it takes] because I was a champion with Montpellier,” he said. "You need a bit of luck and sometimes you cannot play a fantastic game [but you need to win] and even more so because Manchester City are doing well.

“If I can advise the young players I will do it. We have a couple of experienced players like Mathieu Flamini, Petr Cech and people like that. We have a good mixture of experienced players and young players and the older ones bring confidence to the youngest and lead them.

"That is what I try to do sometimes - always encourage and in a nice way show them the best solution. It is very important in a group to say things to carry on with what we have. We are really pleased with the [Newcastle] win and it shows we have that mental strength and character."


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3 Jan 2016