Giroud backing Gunners to fire

26 Jun 2012 17:48:18

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New Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is convinced the Gunners can win something next season - and maintains he has the "weapons" to help deliver a long-overdue trophy.

The Barclays Premier League club have confirmed Giroud, part of France's Euro 2012 squad which was knocked out by Spain in the quarter-finals, had penned a "long-term contract" after joining for an undisclosed fee from Montpellier, which is believed to be £13million.

Giroud said in an interview with Arsenal Player: "I have the weapons to do well here. I will need some time to adapt of course, but I am not worried about that. I think I will adapt well."

He added: "I am a player who likes to play, who likes to participate in the game. That is why I think the way Arsenal play will suit me. I like scoring goals and Arsenal create a lot of chances, so if I do well, then we will do well. Of course, there are big strikers here, it is a big club and there will be a lot of competition for places, but it is up to me to win my place."

The 25-year-old netted 21 goals in 36 league appearances as Montpellier claimed their first Ligue 1 title last season, and will now aim to make an impact as the Gunners look to deliver a first trophy since 2005 and progress again in Europe.

Giroud, whose deal with Arsenal will officially commence on July 1, added: "There is a good spirit here, and that is another reason why I chose this club. I am confident in the potential of the group and I am convinced that in the future, hopefully next season, we can win something.

"It is difficult in England because there are so many big teams, but that is what gives it its charm, what makes it beautiful. It is the hardest league and it won't be easy to impose myself, but I am confident."

Boss Arsene Wenger feels Giroud will bring another "dimension" to his squad, which has already been bolstered by the arrival of Germany forward Lukas Podolski.

"Olivier has a very good physical presence and is exceptional in the air, with a great work ethic," Wenger said. "We are excited about Olivier joining us and he will add an additional dimension to our attacking options next season.

"He has proved that he is capable of performing at the top level with club and country, and we saw what a big influence he was in Montpellier's championship-winning side last season."

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