Arsenal striker Giroud has eyes on future Ballon d’Or

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud believes his step-by-step approach philosophy could be the key to achieving his dream of winning the Ballon d’Or, reports Sky Sports.

Giroud, 27, joined Arsenal from Montpellier in 2012 and has already scored 15 goals in his 40 league appearances for the Gunners. The France international has made a strong start to the season, leading Arsene Wenger’s attack with four goals in the opening six matches in the English top flight.

And Giroud is determined to keep progressing, albeit slowly, with a focus on maintaining his former in the Premier League. “What has always made me succeed is the fact I set sensible objectives,” he told France Football. “I grew that way, step by step. Before thinking about Ballon d’Or, before being part of the top 10 players in the world, I first have to be in the top 10 forwards in England.

I am starting to make a name for myself among that top 10 and I want to do it this year. That is a short-term objective. Talking about that two years ago, I would have said it was not sensible. Now I am aware I have the right potential to make it.

Giroud received his first international call-up from Laurent Blanc in 2011 and is now locked in a battle with Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema to lead the French attack. The pair are good friends and Giroud believes he currently holds the advantage. “We have a very good relationship, but indeed we are in competition,” Giroud conceded. “Of course I am a candidate for the centre forward position in the French team. Of course I want to play but you can’t ask for it, you have to deserve it.

Against Georgia I think it was nice the coach substituted Karim and not me. And the fact he played me in Belarus even if I have a lot of respect for Karim, it was legitimate he put him on the bench. The coach was fair.

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