Arsenal striker Giroud motivated by transfer rumours

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that rumours linking the club with a new striker only serve to motivate him to perform better, ESPN has reported.

Last time out, the Frenchman netted his 50th goal in all competitions for the Gunners, scoring the second in their 2-1 Premier League victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday. It was his eighth of what has been a season tormented by injury, having spent three months out with a broken ankle sustained at Everton in August.

Signed from Montpellier in the summer of 2012, Giroud is Arsenal’s first-choice to play as the lone striker, with Danny Welbeck often having to play in a wide position. However, the club have often been linked with some of Europe’s top strikers, with FC Porto’s Jackson Martinez recently having been the subject of speculation involving the North London side.

But Giroud has revealed that the rumours only spur him on to make him a better player. He said: “When people are talking about a player to come and take your place, you take it personally because it’s your position. I hear people say, ‘They have Giroud and Welbeck but they need a world-class striker.’ Meaning, us, we’re not world-class forwards.

“It spurs you on. Recently, there was a buzz around [Porto striker] Jackson Martinez. The coach has said good things about him, the player has said he would like to come. I learned that before the Middlesbrough game [a 2-0 win in the FA Cup fifth round]. It gave me added motivation. I was very happy to score those two goals.”

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