Olivier Giroud feels his debut season for Arsenal has been more impressive than Manchester United forward Robin van Persie’s.
The 26-year-old joined the Gunners last year, along with Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla, after helping Montpellier to an unexpected league triumph in Ligue 1 last season.
And with 14 goals to his name so far, plus 10 assists across all competitions, Giroud believes he is finally starting to settle and prove those doubters who felt he would struggle to replace the Dutchman wrong.
“For the first season … It’s better than Van Persie when he arrived here, although when he arrived at Arsenal (2004), he was younger (he was 20),” Giroud told L’Equipe.
Arsenal were linked throughout the January transfer window with moves for both Schalke’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Barcelona’s David Villa, but Giroud believes manager Arsene Wenger still has faith in him.
“The British press has talked so much. The coach is not really okay for the winter market,” he said.
“It would be hypocritical to say that I did not think about it. After that, I have always believed that the coach would leave me time, I did not see him cutting the grass under my feet.”