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.”