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'This was a strong mental reaction'

Olivier Giroud celebrates against Newcastle

Olivier Giroud believes Arsenal's 4-1 win over Newcastle was the perfect way to respond to the defeat to Stoke City last weekend.

The Frenchman scored twice and Santi Cazorla also netted a brace to help the Gunners secure their fifth victory out of six in all competitions.

Giroud converted crosses from Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin, and praised his team-mates for their telling contributions.

"I like moving to the near post and when the cross is arriving at the right pace it's always easier"

"The first goal was a fantastic cross from Alexis Sanchez and I arrived with the right tempo," said Giroud.

"I remembered the one I missed at Stoke so I wanted to come back. It's nice for me and for the team. For the second one, I practice it a lot in training and it was a fantastic cross from Hector [Bellerin].

"I like moving to the near post and when the cross is arriving at the right pace it's always easier.

"It was a really disappointing result [against Stoke] and we wanted to come back as soon as possible - we did well tonight. It was important to show a strong mental reaction and I'm pleased to score and for my friend Santi as well."