Another botched transfer market mean that it took a while for Arsenal’s new players to mesh, and for Arsene Wenger to figure out his best line-up.
After Christmas Arsenal had the second best record in the Premier League and Giroud wants to build on that:
‘If we start better than we did this season, I know that we will compete for the title next year because we are used to playing together now and have improved as a team,’ Giroud told the Arsenal magazine.
‘We have also improved as individuals throughout the season, especially the newcomers like Santi (Cazorla), Lukas (Podolski) and me.’
Giroud joined Arsenal from Montpellier last summer and took some time to settle in before going on to become a focal point of the attack, finishing the season with 17 goals. The 26-year-old feels next season can be even better on a personal level.
‘It was not easy at all. It was a massive challenge,’ he said.
‘I hope that as early as my second season, I can play week in week out and keep scoring regularly because it’s key for a striker.’
Giroud, who missed three of the Gunners’ final four matches after his red card at Fulham, added: ‘I have scored fewer compared to last season in Montpellier but the ratio, minutes played to goals scored, is good.
‘I scored 17 goals in all competitions and gave 10 assists which, for a first season in England, is good. I am happy with the stats.
‘However, you can always do better and I know I can do better and there is a lot of room for improvement. That is why I am already looking forward to next season.’