Giroud gunning for three figures

13 September 2017 09:06:44 EST

Olivier Giroud is hoping to feature for Arsenal in their Europa League clash with Koln on Thursday, with the striker one away from a century of goals for the Gunners.

The 30-year-old France international came close to leaving the Gunners in the summer, but eventually opted to stay put and fight for his place.

It's a privilege to play for Arsenal and to score almost 100 goals.

Olivier Giroud

So far this season he has not started a game, but his goal in the 4-3 win over Leicester City in the opening game of the new Premier League season took his club tally to 99 in all competitions.

And Giroud is hoping to be able to celebrate bringing up three figures when Arsenal take on Koln at the Emirates Stadium, with the powerful frontman likely to be handed a starting role as head coach Arsene Wenger rotates his squad.

He told reporters: "It's a privilege to play for Arsenal and to score almost 100 goals.

"Hopefully it (the 100th) will happen as soon as possible. It's in my mind, but the most important thing is to win, the goals will come."

While Giroud prepares himself for action on Thursday evening, Arsenal boss Wenger has confirmed that Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey will be miss the game as they are rested, while Francis Coquelin is ruled out by injury.

The Gunners and Koln have met once before in Europe, that coming way back in the 1970/71 season when the two clubs faced each other in the quarter-finals of the Fairs Cup, where the Germans prevailed on away goals after the tie ended 2-2 on aggregate.

Arsenal are 2/5 to win the game on Thursday evening, with Giroud 8/11 to score at any time, while the Londoners are priced at 7/1 to go all the way and win the Europa League.

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