Giroud: I don't lose sleep over Arsenal critics


Olivier Giroud insists he does not get affected despite splitting opinion amongst Arsenal supporters and feels there will always be "haters" to cope with.

The striker has scored18 goals for Arsenal in all competitions this term but some of the club's fans remain unconvinced he can lead them to their first Premier League title in over a decade.

Despite this, the France international - who is targeting a 30-goal campaign - is not losing any sleep over negative comments.

"I don't question myself about that," Giroud said. "I try so hard to give my best for the team.

"I want to give everything to always improve myself, that's what I have been doing this year and hopefully I will reach my targets, my number of goals, to help this team to win the title.

"That is the main thing for me. After that, you will always have haters and people who don't like you, but that doesn't matter to me. I am not going to lose any sleep over it or anything like that."

Arsenal sit level with Leicester City at the summit of the Premier League after collecting 44 points from 22 matches and Giroud is expecting a tight battle as the London club look to win a first title since 2004.

"I would like to reach 20 goals in the Premier League, that would be nice and if I can help the team to reach our aims then I would be pleased with that," continued the 29-year-old.

"For me, it would be nice if I could reach between 25 and 30 in all the competitions.

"It is going to be tight until the end. It could even be that goal difference makes the difference. 

"Confrontations with the top teams will be decisive so we need to be efficient, focused and show a lot of solidarity."

Arsenal host rivals Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, aiming to continue a four-game undefeated run in the league.