Olivier Giroud has told Arsenal.com that signing for the club was always a dream of his.
The Frenchman is into his third season in North London, and is in a terrific run of form, with 11 goals in 13 starts in the Premier League this campaign, plus five appearances as a substitute.
He signed from Montpellier after helping the unfancied French side win Ligue 1 in 2011/12, where he scored 25 goals in one season.
He said: "I managed to have two good seasons in Ligue 1, especially the second one. But my dream was always to come here to Arsenal and discover English football."
Giroud's aerial ability makes him a good fit for the Premier League, although he has not been able to top his Montpellier tally since signing.
He netted 17 in all competitions in his debut season, and 22 last year. He has 14 this campaign, but this is highly creditable considering he missed more than two months with a broken foot in the Autumn.
Giroud went onto add that he feels he is not peaking at present, and at 28, is confident he can get even better. With his game not reliant on pace, there is no reason to feel if given the game time, he cannot continue to be a reliable goalscorer for Arsenal for many seasons.
However the problem for him lies in whether Arsenal sign another striker this summer, which could limit his starting opportunities in the future. His failure against Monaco a fortnight ago hangs over him, and he needs to impress in the Champions League second leg this week in order to show his disappointing match at The Emirates was an exception.