Olivier Giroud has been pivotal in the Gunners’ bid to ensure their presence in Champions League while also keeping their hopes of retaining the FA Cup alive, but was kept under scrutiny after a dismal performance against Monaco, which hindered their progress in the showpiece tournament.

Speaking to Arsenal Player, the Arsenal striker sounded rather philosophical, yet sensible as he divulged how players are celebrated and slammed in quick succession.

After their worst start to Premier League campaign in more than three decades, Arsenal have now bounced back to haul thirty four points while also confirming their presence in Wembley at the closure of this season in a bid to retain their FA Cup trophy.

Despite playing only a bit-part role in the Gunners’ upturn of fortunes, Theo Walcott heaped praise on his team-mates stating that the current roster comprises the strongest Arsenal side in a really long time as he confessed the difficulty in starting games for the Gunners.

Theo Walcott has been a subject of interests from Liverpool and Manchester City as he is believed to be unhappy about being a fringe player at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal are now reported to be keeping tabs on his potential replacement in Pedro Rodriguez, who is akin to the English international in terms of pace and position.

Arsene Wenger attempted to rubbish rumours linking Jack Wilshere with the outgoing champions last month, but Manuel Pellegrini apparently does not seem to compromise his attempts to sign the English international as he tops his wish-list this summer.

In the wake of the stalemate at Emirates Stadium last weekend, Mirror reported that Manchester City are in contention to launch an audacious bid of £30million for the midfielder, having lost out on their prime target Jordan Henderson, who recently committed his future to Liverpool.

Arsenal are known to kick their transfer activity off whilst the Premier League giants are already at their point of culmination, but Arsene Wenger now looks to change the tide by being shrewd early into the transfer window.

Reports from Portugal suggest that the Gunners’ representatives were in attendance at Estadio da Luz as Benfica drew with Porto last weekend and it is being rumoured that their visit was to witness not just one potential target, but three offensive players.