France forward Olivier Giroud may be a Gooner, but he says he has massive respect for London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal beat Spurs to second place last season, finishing after champions Leicester City despite Mauricio Pochettino’s men looking set to claim the coveted runners-up spot.
Giroud considers Tottenham title contenders this season, and speaking to the French media (H/T ESPN) on Moussa Sissoko’s decision to join them, he said it was a good move for his compatriot, adding that he hopes the midfielder doesn’t play well against Arsenal.
“In the end, it was quite a long month for him, it is good that something happened even in the very last moments. It’s great for him. Tottenham is a great team in our league.
“In the Premier League, Tottenham is a rival for the trophy this year. I hope he does not play well against us.”
Giroud also admitted that he had attempted to convince Sissoko to join him at Arsenal earlier in the summer. Sissoko, being an Arsenal admirer, would have probably signed, but Arsene Wenger did not consider him a target.
Sissoko will be looking for a fresh start under Pochettino following a turbulent season at Newcastle which ended in the club getting relegated to the Championship.
His displays for France at the Euros were particularly encouraging, and if he can keep up the form as a Spurs player, then they could be in the fight for the title again this term.
As for Giroud, his comments on respecting Spurs as opponents will not be well received by the Gunners faithful, and it is in great contrast to comments made by the likes of Jack Wilshere,Wojciech Szczesny, and Lukas Podolski in seasons past.