Giroud - We’re in a perfect position

By Lloyd Webb

Olivier Giroud believes Arsenal are in a “great position” to challenge for the title after beating Aston Villa to go top of the Premier League.

The striker coolly converted a penalty before Aaron Ramsey capped off a fantastic counter-attack to secure three points for the Gunners at Villa Park.

Giroud scored his 50th Premier League goal with his first-half spot-kick and has his sights set on increasing that tally.


“I’m pleased with that and I don’t want to stop here,” he said. “I tried to do a good job for my team-mates today and I did well with the penalty. I was the one who had to take it.

“We were very good on the counter-attack with Theo and Mesut and [got] another clean sheet, so it was a really good day. It is a fantastic week. We did a great job in the Champions League and we really wanted to finish the week with a win and to be top of league before Leicester’s game against Chelsea. It is nice and hopefully we can have a great game against Manchester City on Monday.

“I’m very pleased with the performance today and we are in a great position and even if everything was not perfect, we had a lot of chances today which is good for me and the team.”

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