‘Why I’m scoring more important goals’

Over the past few weeks we have become accustomed to seeing Olivier Giroud reel away in celebration with just minutes to go.

The France striker has scored five goals in his last six games, including late winners against West Bromwich Albion and Preston North End, and a vital 90th-minute equaliser at Bournemouth.

Giroud has now scored 10 goals in all competitions this season despite missing most of October with a toe injury, and says being sidelined helped him get stronger mentally and physically.

"We need to be stronger at the start because I’m not going to score goals in the last minute every week!"

Olivier Giroud

“I don’t know if I am a better striker, maybe I am,” he told Arsenal Player. “I’ve obviously improved myself since I signed for Arsenal, but I always try to be stronger [physically] and stronger in my head as well.

“It’s never easy to be injured and as I told you, to watch the game in front when you are injured and you can’t play is frustrating. That’s why I was so happy to come back on the pitch after these injuries.

“I’ve always tried to bring something to the team and I was very pleased to score important goals, especially in the final minutes. But as I’ve said before, we need to be stronger at the beginning of the games because I’m not going to score goals in the last minute every week!”


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