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Giroud: Gunners Will Challenge

Olivier Giroud says that nobody should be surprised if Arsenal challenge for the Premier League title next season.

The French international says that after a steep learning curve last time out, the Gunners are ready to launch an all-out assault on the English top-flight.

Giroud is confident because of the powerful way Arsenal ended last season.

After their horrific start they managed to solidify their status as a Champions League.

And he believes that he and his fellow newcomers at the club have now acclimatised sufficiently, so that they know what English football has to throw at them.

"If we start better than we did this season, I know that we will compete for the title next year because we are used to playing together now and have improved as a team," Giroud told the Arsenal magazine.

"We have also improved as individuals throughout the season, especially the newcomers like Santi (Cazorla), Lukas (Podolski) and me."

As far as he is concerned personally, Giroud says that next season he will be even better, after a trying first campaign as a Gunner.

"It was not easy at all. It was a massive challenge," he said of his introduction to life at the Emirates.

"I hope that as early as my second season, I can play week in week out and keep scoring regularly because it's key for a striker."

"I have scored fewer compared to last season in Montpellier but the ratio, minutes played to goals scored, is good. I scored 17 goals in all competitions and gave 10 assists which, for a first season in England, is good. I am happy with the stats.

"However, you can always do better and I know I can do better and there is a lot of room for improvement. That is why I am already looking forward to next season."

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