Giroud: Arsenal defending must improve to win

The Frenchman has admitted that his side cannot make progress until their current performances at the back are rectified, but has challenged the whole team to help out
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has admitted his side’s recent defensive displays in the Premier League have been below par, but insists it is up to the entire team to prevent goals being conceded.

Arsene Wenger’s side have seen themselves sink to eighth in the table in recent weeks, and their leaky backline was again exposed on Saturday, when Fulham snatched a 3-3 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

Giroud acknowledges the problems, but refused to isolate Arsenal’s defenders as being the only ones at fault.

"We have conceded a lot of goals against us. If we always concede two or three goals it will be difficult to win, so we have to improve," the 26-year-old told the club’s official website.

"But it is not only the defenders, it is the whole team."

With regards to his own form, the striker admits he is starting to bed into the Arsenal side following a slow start to life in the Premier League, but cannot be completely content until results improve.

"I am finding my place in this team, I feel better and better," Giroud added.

"I try to give my all for the team, I work hard in training and I feel good. But I can't be very happy because we only drew."