Giroud believes he joined Arsenal at the wrong time

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has admitted that he may have moved to the Emirates Stadium at the wrong time, the Daily Mail has reported, as Arsene Wenger’s side endure their worst Premier League season in almost 20 years.

Giroud moved to the Gunners this summer, a £12m signing from French league champions Montpellier, and added that, while he seems to have joined Arsenal while they are in a downturn, on a personal level, it is not necessarily a bad thing.

Arsenal are currently 10th in the Premier League, with 21 points from 15 games, 10 short of table-topping Manchester United and only nine points better off than Southampton, who hold the last place in the relegation zone.

The France international told L’Equipe: “It puts less pressure on my shoulders. I feel the pressure of the result, not the weight of my predecessors. When you come to a big club, of course you replace a great striker (like Van Persie). It’s useless to have that in your head.

Giroud has scored seven goals in his 22 Arsenal appearances, recovering from a run of six games without a goal at the start of this season to at one point score four goals in three games. Giroud has not, however, found the back of the net since the North London derby in mid-November.

The centre-forward added that he believes Arsenal should pass less in front of goal and play more crosses into the penalty area. Giroud said: “When you’re attacking, you hope for more crosses. It is not spontaneous enough when we are in positions to cross. I have talked with my team-mates about this.

Arsenal has the culture of the passing game, perhaps too much. I am not staking a claim to be the coach, but I am fortunate to be at a club where we can talk about such things.

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