Giroud: Key men have to stay

Olivier Giroud admits Arsenal must find a way of keeping key men
at the club if they are to compete for top honours.

The Gunners have seen their trophyless run stretched to eight
years, with another campaign having come and gone without
silverware being secured.

Part of the problem for Arsene Wenger over recent seasons has
been an inability to keep his squad intact, with the likes of Cesc
Fabregas and Robin van Persie having departed for fresh challenges
elsewhere.

Giroud concedes that Arsenal cannot afford to keep losing
players of that quality if they are to mount a serious bid for
major titles at home and abroad.

The French striker told Sky Sports News HD: “First you need to
keep your best players, that’s so important. After that, maybe you
need more money.

“But Manchester United every year buy one or two players. They
manage to keep their best players, I think that’s the main thing to
do.”

Giroud was drafted in by Arsenal last summer in an effort to
fill the void created by Van Persie’s departure to Manchester
United and he claims to be happy with his choice – having come
close to joining German giants Bayern Munich at one stage.

He added: “Munich were not ready to take a decision. I was
really happy to sign for Arsenal.

“Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, Sylvain Wiltord,
Emmanuel Petit – there have been a lot of French players, so that’s
why I supported this team.”