Olivier Giroud wants to leave his mark at Arsenal for years to come

Olivier Giroud

The Gunners forward is keen to win all he can at the club.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has told the club’s official website that he wants to leave a lasting impression at Arsenal.

The Frenchman has proved to be a key player for Arsene Wenger’s side, with his physical presence up front often proving the perfect focal point for the side’s style of play.

That doesn’t mean he is just a target man, though, with his finishing and heading ability making him an ideal centre-forward for the Gunners. In fact, he has been in fine form since returning from injury in November as Arsenal have turned things around after a poor start.

Now, he says he is keen to leave his mark at Arsenal for many years to come.

“I play football to make history, to make my family and friends proud,” he said.

"In several years, when my career is over, I would like to leave one or two good memories of my time here with Arsenal. I would like to win every trophy that I can so one more would be nice.”

The Gunners take on Aston Villa this weekend in the FA Cup final, looking to defend the trophy they won last year.

Last year’s final saw them taking on Hull City, with the Tigers racing into a 2-0 lead early on against a stunned Arsenal side. However, goals from Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny, before Aaron Ramsey’s extra-time winner, saw Arsene Wenger’s side leave Wembley Stadium with the trophy.

And Giroud is hoping he and his side won’t make the same mistakes 12 months on as they did in that game, with there a desire from all concerned to make life a little easier for themselves.

“Hopefully we’re not going to make the same mistake as last year," added Giroud.

"Hopefully we will start the game strong. It’s one of our strengths this year - we are starting games well and we need to not let them take confidence. We need to play our game from the beginning of the game.”

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