Arsenal's Olivier Giroud: 'I was forced to stop skiing'

Giroud: 'I had to quit skiing'
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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud reveals that he was forced to stop skiing when he signed for his first professional club and admits that he 'misses' the mountains.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that he was forced to stop skiing when he signed for his first professional club in Grenoble.

The 26-year-old, who has claimed that skiing was a "big part" of his life growing up in Froges, has revealed that he 'misses' the mountains.

"The mountains are the one thing I miss here in London!" Giroud told Arsenal's official programme for tonight's Premier League clash against Liverpool at the Emirates.

"Skiing was a big part of my childhood. It's a fantastic thing, to be out in nature like that, you feel free. But when I signed for my first pro club, I had to stop."

Giroud moved to the Gunners from Montpellier last summer.

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