Olivier Giroud is hoping to use past experience to his advantage in Sunday’s crunch game at Newcastle United.
Giroud was part of the Montpellier team that sealed the Ligue 1 title on the final day of last season with a nerve-jangling victory in Auxerre.
The striker is back in contention at St James’ Park at the weekend after a three-match suspension and he says Arsenal are optimistic about their prospects of a top-four finish.
“We are confident,” Giroud told Arsenal Player. “We won the last game 4-1 after the comeback of Wigan at 1-1. We were under pressure with the score. We needed the win. I could feel the pressure on our shoulders and I think the team had a good reaction and we succeeded to score the second goal with Theo. It was a relief for us.
“Last year was amazing for me because we needed a win to win the championship in a game away at Auxerre. PSG won their game in Lorient so we really needed the win. It was a very special game. It was stopped two or three times by the Auxerre fans because their team went down.
“For Newcastle, it will maybe be a little bit different because Newcastle will play in the Premier League next season. I think it’s a good thing for us.
“Now we have to do the job and keep focused on our qualities and our game. Never mind if they are a little bit relieved, they will maybe play without pressure. I’m not sure but I think it’s better for us.”
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