Olivier Giroud: 'Arsenal cracked under title race pressure'

Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates as he scores their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on April 28, 2014
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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud says that a lack of maturity cost his side the Premier League title.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has admitted that his team cracked under pressure as the Premier League title race gained momentum.

The Gunners finished in fourth place after spending 128 days at the top of the league, and the Frenchman believes that a lack of maturity cost them dearly.

"We were on top for a good half of the season and then we cracked," he told French newspaper Midi-Libre.

"I believe we lacked maturity and that we had a lot of injuries at an important time. Above all we weren't able to adapt to the big teams.

"We have to show progress in these matches, to maybe play less football, but it's difficult because it's our playing philosophy."

Giroud, who has two years remaining on his current Arsenal contract, is in negotiations to extend his stay at the Emirates Stadium.

Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates as he scores their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on April 28, 2014
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