Olivier Giroud insists speculation that Arsenal will sign a new striker only makes him strive to score more goals.
Despite a healthy goals record, opinion is largely split on whether Giroud is a good enough forward to lead Arsenal to the league title, with the likes of Thierry Henry doubting the 29-year-old’s quality.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with a host of strikers over the past two transfer windows, including Karim Benzema, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Edinson Cavani.
“Obviously it helps to motivate you because when you are in your comfort zone, I think you maybe don’t give your best,” Giroud told the club’s official magazine.
“So it helps sometimes to have speculation like that, to prove that you deserve your place in the team. It’s part of the job. In every single transfer period, there is some other striker’s name coming out as a possible new signing.
“You have to deal with that and keep focused on the team and to help the team try to win every single game. You have to give your best and that’s what I tried to do. I’m pleased with my first half of the season so far.”
Giroud has scored 18 goals in all competitions this season, but wants to improve on his consistency.
The France striker is currently on a six-match goal draught, whereas in December he had a run of six goals in four games.
“Consistency is my target,” he added. “Always getting better and better. I know what I can do, I’m pleased with what I have achieved so far but I really want to carry on and I’m sure I can still improve myself.
“I try to work on it every day to help the team to reach our aims and to win this league.”