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Olivier Giroud slams Arsenal's build-up play

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French international striker Olivier Giroud has slammed the way his team, Arsenal, is playing at the moment. He believes that Arsenal are guilty of trying to build up play too much as opposed to a more direct approach.

In an interview with L’Equipe, when asked about whether he chose the wrong time to join Arsenal and whether he was feeling the pressure of replacing Robin Van Persie, he said, “Yes. But it puts less pressure on my shoulders. I feel the pressure of the result, not the weight of my predecessors. When you come to a big club, of course you replace a great striker (like Van Persie). It's useless to have that in your head."

Giroud has scored 7 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions this season for the Gunners since his £12 million move from French champions Montpellier this summer. Giroud said that his team weren’t creating enough chances so far this season and that they need to cross the ball into the box more and be more direct for better results.

Giroud though is supportive of Arsenal’s frugal spending strategy and believes that his team can compete without splashing plenty of cash on transfers. When asked about other clubs spending more than Arsenal to achieve success, the French man took the example of his previous club Montpellier to state that good teams can compete even with home grown players.

He said, "My story proves that you can win titles without being a star. Manchester City became champions thanks to their chequebook. Montpellier took on PSG without using their chequebook. Here we bought Santi Cazorla and he did not cost 50 million! Arsene Wenger does not buy a team. He builds one. He built his group with this philosophy."

Arsenal are currently 10th in the Premier League with 21 points from 15 games and are under tremendous pressure from their fans and well-wishers to turn their season around.