Giroud on goals and final-day pressure


Giroud on goals and final-day pressure

Olivier Giroud is determined to secure fourth spot on Sunday and avoid the final-day tension of the last two seasons.

Arsenal needed victories at West Bromwich Albion in 2012 and Newcastle United in 2013 to book their place in the Champions League but they will secure a top-four finish with a game to spare if they match Everton's result at the weekend.

Everton host Manchester City on Saturday before Arsenal welcome West Brom to Emirates Stadium on Sunday, and Giroud is fully focused on three more vital points.

"It's my 21st goal and I really want to be efficient and regular for the last three games"

"We want to win this game against West Brom and not to have too much pressure on the last game against Norwich," he told Arsenal Player. "West Brom are not safe so it will be a tough game to finish the job against them.

"We want to beat West Brom, especially at home for the fans and say goodbye and see you in August for the next season. We don't want to play a really tough game at Norwich… we want to play with relief against Norwich."

Giroud scored his 21st goal of the season on Monday night as Newcastle were beaten 3-0, heading home Mesut Ozil's cross.

"I'm happy to score tonight," said Giroud. "I really needed it and it's always important for a striker to score. It's my 21st goal and I really want to be efficient and regular for the last three games.

"I have a good understanding with him [Ozil] on the pitch and I think we can see it. It's always easy to play with him. I was so close in the first half from the Poldi cross, he crossed it really strongly so I tried to dive and it was not so far away.

"But in the second half Mesut gave me a good cross as well and I finished the work. I'm really happy."

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