In a fantastic news for every Arsenal fan, two big stars, Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky, are back in training mode this week. This comes as a big surprise as both players were expected to return to training in February.
In other news, Arsenal’s striker Olivier Giroud has spoken about Arsenal’s title chances this season, and he believes he has the experience to guide his team-mates to the Premier League trophy. Gunners last won the league in 2004, and ever since then has failed to clinch the league title. This season is the closest they have ever gotten in the recent years, and with top clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea struggling this season, this is their big opportunity to make the leap for the trophy.
Giroud, who guided his former club, Montpellier to Ligue 1 title in 2012, believes his experience in title winning can make a positive impact and improve Gunners’ chances of winning the league.
“To be a champion, I know [what it takes] because I was a champion with Montpellier,” he said according to club’s official website. “You need a bit of luck and sometimes you cannot play a fantastic game [but you need to win] and even more so because Manchester City are doing well.”
“If I can advise the young players I will do it. We have a couple of experienced players like Mathieu Flamini, Petr Cech and people like that. We have a good mixture of experienced players and young players and the older ones bring confidence to the youngest and lead them.”
“That is what I try to do sometimes – always encourage and in a nice way show them the best solution. It is very important in a group to say things to carry on with what we have. We are really pleased with the [Newcastle] win and it shows we have that mental strength and character.”
Giroud hasn’t exactly been the reliable striker for Arsenal in the past seasons. He managed to score only 14 goals last season, often failing to provide the spark, Arsenal needed in crucial fixtures. Arsene Wenger replaced him Theo Walcott, and the striker started spending time on the bench. The competition to earn a place in the starting line-up has led to a massive improvement in the Frenchman’s form. He has now scored 10 goals in 26 league appearances, and is just five goals behind top scorers, Romelu Lukaku and Jamie Vardy who are Premier League’s top scorers with 15 goals.
Whether the 29 year old striker’s title winning experience can boost Arsenal’s chance of winning the league this season is still unknown, but his self-improvement has definitely made a difference for the Gunners.