Giroud: Winning Champions League is Arsenal’s objective

Olivier Giroud has said winning the Champions League is Arsenal’s objective and he believes that in the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny, the Gunners have a squad capable of doing so, ESPN has reported.

Arsenal resume their involvement in the competition in midweek as they face Ligue 1 side Monaco, of whom long-serving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is a former manager. Wenger was in charge at the principality club between 1987 and 1994, winning the French title in his first season and the French Cup, the Coupe de France, in 1990-91.

Wenger brought Giroud to the Emirates Stadium from Montpellier in the summer of 2012 and Giroud, who won the title during his time at La Paillade, believes the players signed by Wenger in recent years have the makings of a squad to challenge for honours at continental level.

“Winning the Champions League remains an objective. In recent years, our recruitment has been significant, we’re building a team to challenge the biggest sides,” Giroud said. “Alexis, we call him ‘Duracell’. He allies talent and determination. Ozil, he’s quietly strong; he’s very calm, almost introverted, very at ease technically, and when his confidence is up, he makes the difference.

“Cazorla reads the game very well. I have a special relationship with him, we arrived at the same time, we find each other very well,” the striker added. “Koscielny holds things together at the back. He’s surgical in his interventions, we’re calmer when he’s there.”

Giroud has netted 50 goals in 116 Arsenal games but hasn’t featured in this season’s Champions League, a broken leg suffered against Everton at Goodison Park in August keeping him out of action until late November.

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