Despite the lack of first-team football, Olivier Giroud suggested that he is set to extend his contract with Arsenal.
Just to clarify, the France international has not signed a new contract yet, but is more than willing to prolong his stay at the Emirates.
“People have been saying I have signed a new contract. It is not true but may be soon,” he shared in an interview.
His stay at the Gunners is up until 2018 only. However, the Mirror disclosed that his “heart-to-heart” talk with their manager, Arsene Wenger, convinced him to remain.
However, he also admitted that the lack of playing minutes caused him to be worried of his future.
The French striker has already fallen out of Wenger’s pecking order since the ex-Barcelona man, Alexis Sanchez took the central role in their attack.
He explained that it was not easy to accept since he was also used to the habit of being included in the club’s starting XI.
But it was not only the preference for Sanchez that left him on the bench. Injury concerns also kept him sidelined. This is most especially true after he participated in the European Championship.
“I came back a bit late from the Euros and it was nice for my body because I could rest but not good for me because the team was doing well and another striker was doing well up front,” he shared.
When asked on how he coped with the above-mentioned difficulties, he explained that it was all about “keeping the focus”, working hard and training.
In the recently concluded Boxing Day, Giroud made a great comeback when he scored Arsenal’s opening and winning goal. He celebrated as he made its way to its first starting XI appearance this season.
In their upcoming match against Crystal Palace, he has another chance to shine once again. Theo Walcott will not play and expect to see him in Arsenal’s starting lineup.