Arsenal’s summer signing Olivier Giroud has suggested that the lack of pressure on the Gunners to deliver a trophy in the coming season could in turn help spur the club to title success.
The French striker was signed earlier in the summer by Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger from Ligue 1 champions Montpellier, and while he accepted that the Manchester clubs were the overwhelming favourites for the major domestic honours, Arsenal could well sneak past them as the dark horses in the title race.
The striker likened the atmosphere at the Emirates to that in Montpellier during an interview with Arsenal Player, saying: “It’s true that it was an extraordinary season with Montpellier. I won’t ever forget that season because in a footballer’s career, winning the title isn’t forgotten so fast.
“There was a good mentality in the team, good quality, with some good players, and I look forward to finding that quality and spirit with Arsenal – that’s why I chose Arsenal.”
Having scored 21 times for Montpellier last season, Giroud was a major factor in their eventual success, and with Robin van Persie expected to leave Arsenal, will have some big boots to fill once the season gets underway.
However, the 25-year old was sure that the Gunners would be able to belie their rating as underachievers in the previous years, and storm to a title past the Manchester clubs.
“With Montpellier, it wasn’t written that we were going to be champions, so that’s what made it more beautiful,” he added. “With Arsenal, we might not be favourites, like the Manchester clubs, to be champions.
“We’re outsiders, but I’m convinced that we can do something big. That’s what we did with Montpellier, and I’m proud with what I accomplished there.”
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