Arsene Wenger tells striker what he wants from him next season
14:30 23 June 2014
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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.”