Theo Walcott has heaped praise on Olivier Giroud after the striker scored one goal and claimed an assist in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool.

The France international struck his 14th of the season on Wednesday night, and also laid on the equaliser for Walcott.

It was a fantastic touch for [my goal] and his goal was what he is known for

It was Giroud’s fifth strike in three games, and his strike partner believes we are now starting to see the best of the 26-year-old.

“It was a fantastic touch for [my goal] and his goal was what he is known for,” Walcott told Arsenal Player. “He has been on fire in recent weeks and he is great to play with.

“His touch [for the equaliser] was fantastic and allowed me to hit it first time - I think I caught the keeper by surprise. It was a great moment but it's just a shame we didn’t get the win.

“Before the game I felt it was going to be very open. Liverpool played well in patches but in the second half we were absolutely fantastic.

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“It took us a while to get going and I felt their goal was against the run of play, but it was a great game for the neutral. It feels like a loss [in the dressing room] but if we look at the whole game it is probably a fair result.”

Arsenal host Stoke City on Saturday, and Walcott is confident Wenger’s side will return to winning ways.

“We’re at home, we’re very strong and we need to pick up three points rather than a point,” he said. “If we show the performance from the second half [against Liverpool] then I am sure we will beat them.”

Watch the full interview with Theo on Arsenal Player now.

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 31 Jan 2013