The Frenchman has committed his future to Arsenal for at least another season and even tipped the Gunners to end their Premier League title drought.
Olivier Giroud has come under fire for his poor goalscoring record during his second season at the Emirates and his personal life has also been placed under the spotlight.
The Frenchman has laboured at times and the lack of a viable alternative for much of the season has not only highlighted the club’s injury problems but Wenger’s failure to sign a top-level striker last summer or in January.
Although in a recent interview, the Arsenal Boss acknowlegded that he has over-worked his favourite forward -Giroud so far this season and this has in turn reflected on the striker’s workload and erratic form in recent weeks.
But in an interview with French TV programme Telefoot, the striker pledged to put that behind him and help Arsenal to end their nine-year hunt for silverware.
He told the show: “Of course I will be at Arsenal next season. I am happy in London.”
“I have a contract until 2016. Why not extend? I’ll still be a Gunner next year, at least I’d like to be.”
The Arsenal forward When asked about his relationship with manager and fellow countryman; Arsene Wenger and his bid to remain at the helm of affairs at the club for an extended period said he would gladly work with the gunner boss again and again saying his experience is very vital for him and the club in general.
He said: “I want Wenger to stay at Arsenal next season. Of course we want him to extend his contract. We need him, his experience, he has to stay.”
And when asked about whether Arsenal could compete for honours next season, Giroud was brimming with confidence despite their collapse this year.
Arsenal led the Barclays Premier League for 20 weeks of the campaign before falling away and will now have to make do with the FA Cup if they can beat Hull City in the final next month. with Arsenal also in the driving seat to claim the fourth Champions League place ahead of Everton after beating Hull City on Sunday.
Giroud said: “We want to win the Cup, but fourth is our priority. Arsenal have had Champions League for 17 years.”
“I do think we can compete for the title next season, and this time all the way to the end.”
Giroud has started 32 of Arsenal’s 34 Premier League matches and 9 of our 10 Champions League ties. with a total of 46 appearances in all competitions for the club, he is second in the endurance stakes only to the centre-half Per Mertesacker, who has played 48 times.
It might be argued that, as the lone leader of the line, Giroud has needed to work even harder than Mertesacker with Wenger admitting that because of his style of play, Giroud leaves every match with “50 fights behind him”.
“For a while, he played maybe too many games. He has gone through a more difficult period recently. It was a bit physical and mental as well with what happened to him.” said Wenger.
Although the Striker has racked in 20 goals for himself in all competitions this season [80% of those in the first half of the season] for Arsenal, however this record has been overshadowed by allegations about his personal life.
The France striker is said to have taken model Celia Kay back to the team hotel the night before Arsenal’s win against Crystal Palace on February 2 – a serious breach of club rules.