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Giroud happy with fourth and FA Cup

Olivier Giroud has told the Mirror that finishing fourth and winning the FA Cup would be a good season for Arsenal.

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The Gunners enjoyed impressive form during the first half of the season, leading the way in the Premier League only for a dip in results to recalibrate their aims.

Arsene Wenger's side are now looking to ensure Champions League qualification, and a win over Newcastle on Monday night would put them four points above Everton with two matches remaining.

Arsenal will also compete for the FA Cup trophy when they take on Hull City at Wembley on May 17, and Giroud is focused on ensuring of a strong end to the campaign.

He said: "There are three league matches left that are all as important as the cup final. They are important, because of fourth place and the Champions League. We have closed the book on the FA Cup, we will open it again on May 17.

"If we finish fourth, we have not lost anything and it will be a good season. I think that if we finish fourth, that will be a successful season. And the FA Cup, if we win, would be a bonus.

"To finish fourth is almost crucial for the club. We would like to end well and finish fourth.

"At a club like Arsenal, there is a level of public expectation. I know some fans were unhappy with our defeat against Everton, because that was a match against rivals for fourth. I know some were unhappy but we responded well in the next game and showed our strength of character.

"It is essential to respond collectively to show we are going in the right direction. If we finish fourth, and if we can also win the FA Cup, it will be a good season all the same. We will have a trophy that we have waited for.

"Yes, it is true, there was a lot of expectation this year, because we were first for a long time, but unfortunately we had injuries, but we will go again next year."

Giroud was also asked about Arsene Wenger's future, with the manager's contract set to expire at the end of the season.

He added: "It is not for me to say if clubs are right to change their coach or not. I am very happy with the boss today.

"We will see if he prolongs his contract, but we do not talk about it, I am concentrating on winning the last three games and winning the cup."

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