I’m doing better than RVP! Giroud happy with first season at Arsenal

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud believes he is doing better than Robin van Persie in his first season at The Emirates

The Sport Review staff
By    
Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud arrived at Arsenal from Montpellier last summer Photo: Olivier Giroud / Twitter

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud believes he is doing better than former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie in his first season at The Emirates.

The France international has netted 14 times in all competitions for the Gunners, while also creating 11 goals for his Arsenal team-mates in a promising start to his north London career.

Meanwhile, Van Persie, who moved to Manchester United from Arsenal in a £24m deal in the summer, could only manage 10 goals in his first season at the Gunners.

“I don’t know a striker who isn’t interested in his statistics,” he said. “Since the start of the season I’ve got 14 goals and 11 assists.

“For a first season it’s better than Van Persie when he started, even though he was younger. When I arrived at Arsenal, there were some worries.

“But they were quickly sorted and now the Arsenal players understand if they play off me they can score.”

The 26-year-old was a second-half substitute in France’s 2-1 loss to Germany on Wednesday night.

And Giroud hopes that he can become a first-team regular for Les Bleus if he continues to impress at Arsenal.

“I’m not quite a first-team regular. I don’t want to be lacking in ambition, but I’m realistic,” he added.

“I know that there’s a hierarchy in the French national side. Of course, you prefer being in the starting XI.

“Flourishing at a big club like Arsenal, earning my place in the side, is going to give me more credibility in the national team and allow me to let myself go a little more.

“I want to contribute if I’m called upon.”

MORE: The 15 best African players to have worn the Arsenal shirt

MORE: The 6 best African players to have worn the Man United shirt

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Slideshow
The Sport Review
The 13 best African players to have worn the Liverpool FC shirt
Slideshow
The Sport Review
Top 25 most stylish footballers: Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal WAGs 2017: Meet Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
12 young Arsenal players who fans should get excited about
The Sport Review
Top 25 Muslim football players in Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 26 Christian footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man Utd players feature
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: 25 photos of the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Man United WAGs: Meet Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and David De Gea’s girlfriends
The Sport Review
Jamie Carragher reacts to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s display in Man United’s 3-2 win over Southampton on Twitter
The Sport Review
The 15 best African players to have worn the Arsenal shirt
The Sport Review
Watch: Zlatan Ibrahimovic puts Paul Pogba in his place after Man United’s 3-2 win over Southampton