Giroud: Wenger has to stay at Arsenal – should the striker be worried?

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed he would like to stay at the Emirates for good but insists the club needs Arsene Wenger to commit his future to the club next season.

The 27-year-old France international arrived in North London in 2012 from Montpellier where he had been joint-top goal scorer in Ligue 1. Admired by the French coach, the striker has improved this term, his second season at Arsenal, scoring 20 goals in all competitions.

His current contract runs until June 2016 but the centre-forward seems to be hoping to stay on at the Emirates, despite persistent rumours the Gunners are in the transfer market for another striker this summer, with the most frequently suggested target his France colleague and competitor ahead of the World Cup in Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema.

"You shouldn't listen to that. A lot of things were said. I'm still happy in London and with Arsenal and think I will be in the future,” he responded to questions over his rumoured departure this summer.

"I have a contract until 2016 and I'm an Arsenal player. I want to be here next season, at least that's my will."

“Of course we all want [Wenger] to continue the adventure," he continued. "I'm sure that next season we can challenge for the title - I hope, right until the end [of the season] - and we need the coach. We need his experience. He must stay.”

The 64-year-old boss has yet to announce his decision with just two months left on his current deal with the North Londoners – the manager arrived in 1996 and remains a club hero but his popularity with some sections of the Gunners’ fan base has declined in the 9 years Arsenal have failed to win a trophy.

It’s no surprise Giroud is hopeful the coach stays on – after all, it was Wenger who brought the striker to the Premier League when two seasons before his move, he was a complete unknown in the French second tier. Now Giroud is a regular for the France national team under Didier Dechamps and is likely to earn himself a seat on the flight to Brazil this summer. However, if Wenger were to leave, the striker might find it hard to convince a potential replacement that he is capable of firing the Gunners to that elusive trophy success.

The Frenchman had been suffering something of a drought this year in his goal tally and has averaged one goal every 202 minutes in the Premier League, increasing to one goal every 315 minutes in the Champions League leading to questions over his technical ability to compete at the highest level against the continent and country’s elite.

Giroud has scored not a single goal against one of the top five teams in the Premier League this term – he managed one goal against Tottenham Hotspur but that is his only league goal against a club in the top seven at present and it was way back on September 1st.

He failed to find the net across 180 minutes against Manchester United this term, 180 minutes against Everton, 160 minutes against Manchester City, 150 minutes against Liverpool, 180 minutes against Chelsea and scored one goal in 180 minutes against Spurs. He would have a long distance to go to convince anyone other than Arsene Wenger that he can lead the line for Arsenal at the top level week in week out.

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch