Bacary Sagna has described his goal against Stoke City as “a gift for the team”.

The France international scored his first goal since February 2012 on Sunday, heading in Mesut Ozil’s second-half free-kick to seal a 3-1 win.

Sagna praised the resoluteness of the Arsenal squad and says he wants to improve his record in front of goal.

We just give 100 per cent and no matter what happens we keep going and looking forward

Bacary Sagna

“I'm trying to be more decisive,” he told Arsenal Player. “Today I tried my luck and it went in. I have to try and be more decisive for my team.

“It's like a gift for the team. When I was injured, they helped me a lot and as long as I can help them, it's good for me.

“It was a very hard game, very physical. We knew it was going to be played until the end of the game and the game was only decided in the second half.

“I think we just have the right behaviour on the pitch. We just give 100 per cent and no matter what happens we keep going and looking forward.

“It's not easy and it's not going to be easy until the end of the season. But at least we're here to fight and today we showed some character again. We'll have to show it more and more.

“We're always together as a team. We show togetherness on the pitch. Even if Stoke had a few chances today, we were strong defensively and we managed to score the chances we created. It's good.”

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 Nik Brumsack 23 Sep 2013