Olivier Giroud enjoying Premier League's intensity

Olivier Giroud
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Olivier Giroud says that he joined Arsenal because he wanted to experience the intensity and physical nature of the Premier League.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that he moved to the Premier League because of its intensity.

The 26-year-old Frenchman joined the Gunners from French champions Montpellier last summer.

"That's why I chose this country," he told Arsenal's official website. "There is more intensity, it's more physical and you have to be ready in an athletic way.

"I like it but I like to pass and play one-twos with my teammates like Lukas [Podolski], Santi [Cazorla], Theo [Walcott] and Tomas [Rosicky]. I like to play with these guys and there is a good understanding between us. I feel very nice in the game.

"I had a difficult couple of weeks. I didn't play a lot so I had to keep confident and keep going. It's important to me to score two times in both matches."

Giroud scored twice in Arsenal's 3-2 away win against Brighton & Hove Albion in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

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