London - Arsenal
striker Olivier Giroud is on track to sign a contract extension that
will keep him at the Emirates Stadium for the foreseeable future.
Giroud has struggled to break into the starting line-up this season,
but upon being handed his first start of the Gunners’ campaign, he had
the perfect response as he scored the winner in their 1-0 victory over
West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day.
Giroud started his season a bit late since he represented France in
Euro 2016, but upon returning to the Arsenal squad, he found his route
to the starting XI blocked by Alexis Sanchez.
Despite only having made 16 appearances in all competitions this
season, the 30-year-old is determined to continue playing for Arsenal.
"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," he said. "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 a turning point for the team because if we didn't win we would have
been in trouble."
Giroud denied reports that he has already inked a new deal with the
Gunners, but admitted that it could happen very soon. In the meantime
though, the Frenchman will be looking to build on his promising
performance against West Brom.
"It is all about keeping the focus high," he said. "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.
"People have been saying I have signed a new contract. It is not true but maybe soon."
Giroud will be hoping to keep his place in the starting line-up when the Gunners welcome the struggling Crystal Palace to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Kick off is at 18:00.