Olivier Giroud recently spoke of the fact that he is yet to sign a contract extension with the Gunners but hinted that he could be willing to commit his long-term future to the club, according to multiple reports.
The France international scored the winner against West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day to give Arsenal are a crucial three points following defeats to Everton and Manchester City respectively. The 30-year-old striker’s contract is due to run out at the end of the next season but Wenger has urged him to sign a new deal with the club. Reports had stated that Giroud had indeed signed a new deal with the club which the player himself denied.
‘People have been saying I have signed a new contract, it is not true but may be soon.’
The French striker also spoke about he has kept himself focused amid his relegation to the bench.
‘It is all about keeping the focus high. Always keep working hard at training. I was speaking with the boss, we had a couple of discussions together and he explained to me why I hadn’t played too much until here. But football is an everlasting new beginning, as I used to say, and you always have to keep focused and wait for your time.
‘Today I played, I tried to give everything for the team and hopefully things will change for me. But as long as the team is getting better I am happy and I am part of the club since five years and I want to carry on. But we have to see, I need more time of games but we will see in the future. The best thing is to keep within distance of Chelsea.’
Theo Walcott is set to miss Arsenal’s matches against Crystal Palace and Bournemouth, meaning that Giroud could well keep his place in the team for at least the next few weeks. Since the beginning of the season, Giroud has had to deputise for most of the season as a result of missing Arsenal’s pre-season while also picking up an injury late in September.
‘I came back a bit late from the Euros and it was nice for my body because I could rest but not good for me because the team was doing well and another striker was doing well up front.’
‘This season has been difficult because also I was injured for a month and a half, so it hasn’t been easy. I don’t want to talk too much about me but it was a big day for me but also a turning point for the team because, if we didn’t win, we would have been in trouble. We always try to be positive and keep the faith in our game, keep going and keep believing and at the end of the day that has paid off.’
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