Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Giroud Will Be Ready to Hit the Ground Running

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Giroud Will Be Ready to Hit the Ground Running

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Byline: Mark Bryans

OLIVIER Giroud insists he will be ready to fire Arsenal to glory from the start of the new Barclays Premier League season.

The France international looked laboured in the Gunners' 1-0 Emirates Cup defeat to Monaco on Sunday - a result which saw Valencia win the pre-season tournament.

Having seen fellow forwards Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell light up the Emirates on Saturday, with the former grabbing four goals in a 5-1 victory over Benfica, Giroud's performance was nowhere near as eyecatching.

The 27-year-old scored once in five World Cup appearances for France as Les Bleus lost to eventual winners Germany at the quarter-final stages.

And, although he admits he is struggling for fitness following an extended season, Giroud believes he will be much sharper in time for Sunday's Community Shield clash with Manchester City.

"We did well on Saturday and had a great game, scored a lot of goals, but on Sunday there was another team who have had only three or four days of training," he explained.

"We could see it, especially for me - it was really hard for me and I didn't feel really well. But it is okay as I have this week to work as we have to be ready against City."

"I have asked to work hard (in training). For pre-season preparation you have to work hard and there is less than one week to be ready."

Arsenal's pre-season preparation also saw them take a squad to face New York Red Bulls in the United States, with most players who were involved on World Cup duty excused from making the trip.

Giroud feels there is an obvious gap in fitness levels between those players who have been back in training for a longer period but is backing Arsene Wenger's side to have a great season.

"I didn't go to New York, along with a lot of players, so we are at a different stage so it is hard to value our potential, but when we are fit and all together we will do fantastic things," he said. "We just have to work at our training and we have a fantastic test on Sunday, we will be ready I think because we want to win this first trophy. …

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