Olivier Giroud says that playing for Arsenal is a dream come true. Which sounds like the usual sort of thing a player says when he joins a new club and is doing the press that surrounds it, but a couple of months (and goals) into his Arsenal career he explained why he’s so happy at the Emirates and why he wanted to kiss Lukas Podolski.
Speaking to Sport Magazine, the former Montpellier man said he was keen to follow the trail blazed by so many French players before him. Legends like Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Kaba Diawara had all graced the Gunners pitch, and he wanted to do likewise.
“Since I was very young, I dreamed of playing for Arsenal because a lot of French guys have succeeded there and it‘s a a big club,” he said.
“Every year they play in the Champions League, and that was important in my decision. But also, I believe in this team and this squad. And I think we have a great chance to win something this year.”
After missing some chances in his early games, there was pressure on the £12m summer signing to start hitting the target, and with Arsenal 1-0 down at West Ham he found a great time to get off the mark in the Premier League.
But rather than hog the praise himself he was quick to acknowledge the great pass he received from fellow new-boy Lukas Podolski.
“I was so happy, I ran to Lukas and said: ‘Come my friend, I want to kiss you. It was a wonderful moment – I want to live more moments like this.”
We at Arseblog News applaud Podolski for his pass and his faithfulness. If Giroud had tried to throw the gob on us we’d definitely have let him. And have a squeeze of a moob too (but nothing else until a second date, we’re not sluts, you know).
After a great midweek goal against Spain he’ll return to the Arsenal ready for the Premier League with renewed confidence and eroticism, and who can complain about that?
Read the rest of the interview here.