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Giroud: I have the weapons to be a success at Arsenal

The France international has insisted he has all the attributes to adapt to the Premier League after confirming his move from Ligue 1 champions Montpellier

New Arsenal signing Olivier Giroud believes he possesses all the necessary attributes to be successful in the Premier League.

The north London club announced the 25-year-old's arrival on Tuesday morning for an undisclosed fee and on a "long-term" contract.

Giroud scored 21 goals in Ligue 1 last season, helping Montpellier pip favourites Paris Saint-Germain to seal their first ever league title, and insists he is now ready for the challenge of the English top flight.

He told Arsenal's official website: "I think I have the weapons to do well here. I will need some time to adapt of course, but I’m not worried about that. I think I will adapt well.

"I’m a player who likes to play, who likes to participate in the game. That’s why I think the way Arsenal play will suit me. I like scoring goals and Arsenal create a lot of chances, so if I do well, then we will do well.

"Of course, there are big strikers here, it is a big club and there will be a lot of competition for places. But it’s up to me to win my place."
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Giroud also revealed he is a lifelong fan of the Premier League and says that he will relish the opportunity to compete at the top level with the Gunners.

He added: "For me it’s the best league in the world among the five big countries. That’s why I chose Arsenal and that’s why I dreamt about playing here.

"Also the environment appeals to me - the fans, the full stadiums, the different mentality here. So I’m happy to be able to discover this league.

"It’s about the fervour around football here. The [supporters] come as a family, they’re very passionate, it’s in their blood. They live football, eat football and sleep football. It’s different to France.

"There is a nice sporting challenge as well at Arsenal, and I will play to create history and enjoy myself and give pleasure to the fans. I think that the Premier League corresponds well with me."

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