Giroud eager to keep up his 20 a goal a season record

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Olivier Giroud says hitting a century of goals for Arsenal in the closing weeks of the season would represent a ‘not bad’ achievement for five years work.

The Frenchman, who signed a contract extension in January, needs to score six more times to hit the landmark this campaign having so far averaged 0.43 goals every match since signing from Montpellier as a relative unknown.

Speaking about the milestone as part of an exceptionally weird interview that had a heavy focus on spirituality and his star sign, Giroud also admitted that losing the momentum he built up at the turn of the year following his ‘scorpion kick’ goal has been frustrating.

“I too, believed in an incredible 2017,” he told L’Equipe [translated by Get French Football News].

“Already the match before [the scorpion kick] against West Brom, I scored the decisive goal, and there, I was beginning to get a series under my belt. What followed resembled more my situation in the autumn.

“At the time, the team was going well, and I, I came back late from the Euros and had to wait to win a place. Then I started to have slight physical problems. Obviously, it is frustrating.

“My aim is to score my 100th goal this season for Arsenal. I have 94. That would give me an average of 20 goals a season with Arsenal. Not bad, eh?”

Giroud also touched on the media attention the squad is under in light of their recent poor form.

He continued: “For five years we have had these sorts of sensations and we always finished in the “big four”. The team does not feel that pressure, which you describe from the outside. The coach regularly tells us to ignore what is going on around us and to leave him to deal with the critics saying, ‘Play, I will deal with the rest.'”

Over the weekend, Giroud scored twice for France, in the process becoming one of his country’s top 10 goalscorers of all-time.

The striker’s brace in the 3-1 win over Luxembourg took him to 23 goals for Les Bleus. He’s now just three goals behind Sylvain Wiltord and only needs eight more to overtake legends like Youri Djorkaeff, Just Fontaine, Jean-Pierre Papin and Zinedine Zidane. Thierry Henry tops the list with 51 goals.

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