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Olivier Giroud vows to stay determined

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud vows to maintain a determined nature that has seen the French forward score a brace in each of his last two matches.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has insisted that his recent scoring run is down to his hunger to fight for a first-team place at the Emirates.

The French international scored twice against West Ham United last week and matched that performance with a brace against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

Giroud conceded that he has been pleased with his form in the last fortnight but believes that he must stay hungry and maintain a determined edge to keep scoring in the Premier League.

He told the club's official website after Brighton match: "We always need the determination, I think it's a very important thing in football. When you don't have It, you can't play very well, because you need it. It's important for me and all the team. We showed it against today.

"[For the first goal] Lukas gave me [the ball] in the right position and I just tried to hit the target and not to shoot too strongly. I liked it. I've tried to work on it in training.

"I liked the second one because I made a good run and Abou gave me a wonderful assist. I did not have a lot of time to finish, and I finished very well. I was not so far from the hat-trick again. I want to continue to work hard, to succeed and get my first hat-trick soon."

Giroud has scored 13 times in all competitions for the Gunners in his debut season following a summer move from French champions Montpellier.

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Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring his second and his team's fifth goal against West Ham on January 23, 2013
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