The 2012/13 campaign may only have finished on Sunday but Olivier Giroud is already targeting further progress in Europe next season.

Giroud’s first year in England was an encouraging one. The striker scored 17 goals in all competitions including 11 in the Premier League.

Giroud came off the bench to help Arsenal seal a top-four spot at Newcastle United and is now looking forward to competing in the Champions League next season.

I really enjoy playing against big clubs like Bayern Munich. I would like to go further next year.

Olivier Giroud

“On the bench it was really nervous,” he said. “It's always worse when you don't play. It was really difficult but in the second half Laurent, my French friend [scored]. I'm so happy that he scored.

“The goal relieved us and we could dominate the game after. We became more confident. We had our destiny in our hands. It was very difficult but the finish was amazing.

“It's 16 years in a row we've succeeded to qualify for the Champions League. We knew it was really important. For me it will be the second season in the Champions League.

“When you play in the Champions League, you always improve yourself and it's better for competition. We are competitors and want to play in the top games. I really enjoy playing against big clubs like Bayern Munich. I would like to go further next year."

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Nik Brumsack 22 May 2013