Wednesday, 16th April, 2014

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has conceded that Everton are leading the race to finish fourth in the Premier League and hopes that Manchester United will beat the Merseyside team this weekend to help the Gunners.

Giroud, who reached the 20-goal mark for the season in all competitions against West Ham last night, believes he needs to end the season well for Arsenal to finish in the top four this season.

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"I enjoy my stats because when you are a striker you think that we are looking for the stats and assists as well", the Frenchman told the club’s official site.

"I am OK with my stats but I know the team will need me again for the last [four] Premier League games. So I need to score again and again.”


The 27-year-old striker grudgingly accepts the fact that the destiny of the last Champions League spot lies with Everton and the Gunners will need help from their bitter rivals Manchester United this weekend when the Red Devils visit Goodison Park to take on the Toffees.

"We need to win the last four 'finals' because we don't have our destiny in our hands.

“I hope Everton will lose against maybe Manchester United this weekend.

"We keep focusing on what we have to do and win our games. After that we will see but first we have to do the job."

Arsenal signed Giroud from French club Montpellier in 2012 for £9.6m and the Frenchman signed a five-year contract with the Gunners.

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