By Rob Kelly

Olivier Giroud is confident that Arsenal are nearing top form and are capable of doing “very big things” this season.

The Gunners secured qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League on Wednesday with a 2-0 defeat of Montpellier.

Giroud played a key role in the victory by assisting Jack Wilshere and Lukas Podolski for their second-half goals, and he feels the team is starting to click.

“It is so important for the Club to qualify for the [last 16],” Giroud told Arsenal Player. “We played well in the second half.

“We didn't start the game [well] and Montpellier were dangerous. We had to concentrate and keep going and that is what we did. We scored the first goal and the second one killed the game.

“It is our mentality, we never give up. In the first half it was difficult for us but we trust in our qualities and our game, and I think we are going to do very big things together.”

Giroud has flourished in recent weeks, scoring five goals in his last six games, and says it is essential that the team build on their recent run of form.

“I feel better and better - I really enjoy the game we play,” he said. “In French we say, ‘I am like a fish in water’.

“In the Premier League we have to keep going. We won a very important game last Saturday, and we have a difficult game against Villa now. We have to be more [consistent] to take maximum points.”

Watch the full interview with Olivier on Arsenal Player now.

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22 Nov 2012