Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud: Second place would be great achievement

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is setting his sights on a top-three finish ahead of the visit of Chelsea on Sunday

Olivier Giroud believes a second-place finish would be a great achievement for Arsenal as the Gunners continue to build towards a Premier League title bid.

Arsene Wenger’s side have cemented a prospective top-four finish in recent weeks after an impressive run of eight successive Premier League victories.

It’s been a few years since we’ve finished in the top three so it will be a great achievement if we can reach this target

Olivier Giroud

The north London side face top-flight leaders Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon as Wenger looks to beat Jose Mourinho for the first time in 13 attempts.

Arsenal striker Giroud has his sights firmly set on a second-place finish which would signify progress for the club after concluding the 2013/14 campaign in fourth place.

Giroud told Sky Sports: “We’ve played fantastic football over the last few months and we’ve won our last eight games in the Premier League.

“We want to carry on. I think second will be a good position even if we have a tiny hope to finish first. It’s been a few years since we’ve finished in the top three so it will be a great achievement if we can reach this target.”

Giroud has scored 14 goals and has made three assists in 21 Premier League appearances despite an injury-hit campaign for the France international.

The 28-year-old striker has been in impressive form in recent weeks, netting six times in his last nine appearances in all competitions.

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