Arsene Wenger tells striker what he wants from him next season

14:30 23 June 2014

Olivier Giroud of France (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Olivier Giroud of France (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

2014 Getty Images

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told striker Olivier Giroud he needs to be “craftier” in and around the penalty box in future.

The 27-year-old scored for France in their 5-2 thrashing of World Cup rivals Switzerland on Friday, but he later admitted he is still haunted by some of his misses for Arsenal last season.

Giroud is eager to improve his record in the big matches, and he says Gunners boss Wenger has given him some advice about his movement and finishing.

“Arsene Wenger often gives me corrections after matches. We are talking about opportunities,” Giroud told l’Equipe. “To him, I am not crafty enough. Once he told me I am too frank in my runs, too predictable. I have to be more confusing.

“I feel I can go on improving. I can improve some parts of my game and have better statistics.

“I am working hard in front of goal post to try to sort out some details. I think about missed opportunities, notably against Chelsea.

“I have to be more decisive in the box, but also in my way to keep the ball and defend. At least once a week I try to work in front of goal. I have been doing it systematically since I have been at Arsenal. I need it.”

Giroud was delighted to net for France against the Swiss and he says he will always treasure scoring at a World Cup.

“It’s something that will stay with me throughout my career,” he said. “When you score, you think about your loved ones, about your family. It’s a very special moment - it’s unique.

“It represents the aggregate of a whole career and it’s great to feel that fulfillment and to have played an active role in the result. I wasn’t aware that it was France’s 100th World Cup goal - I only found out after the match.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Submit your Arsenal player ratings

Latest Arsenal news

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Ron Vlaar of Aston Villa, who has been linked with Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United, battling with Mario Balotelli of Liverpool  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Ron Vlaar has revealed he could yet sign a new deal with Aston Villa this summer, despite interest from Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United.

Monday, April 20, 2015
Chelsea's Didier Drogba (Nigel French/PA Wire)

Chelsea could be without all three of their first-team strikers when they face Arsenal on Sunday as Didier Drogba has picked up an ankle injury.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
On-loan Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson celebrates with West Ham's Stewart Downing (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

West Ham defender Carl Jenkinson has been impressed with striker Enner Valencia in recent weeks and hopes the summer signing can come good.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Jurgen Klopp the Borussia Dortmund manager  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn claims Jurgen Klopp would be the perfect fit for the Gunners, but only if Arsene Wenger decides to leave.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Liverpool player Raheem Sterling (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

With the season coming to an end and plenty of teams already knowing their destiny in regards to the summer, transfers are becoming a priority. Here is our handy round-up of the best stories on the web featuring Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham, Crystal Palace, QPR, Liverpool and Spurs.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Arsenal Transfer News