‘It’s a big finish, an amazing feeling’

Olivier Giroud held off Gareth McAuley, directed his header past Ben Foster… and we had a happy ending on Boxing Day.

The France striker spoke shortly after his vital intervention against West Bromwich Albion. This is what he said:

on how good it was to get the winner…
It has been a big relief. We pushed and pushed towards the end, and we kept believing in our game. It’s a big finish, an amazing feeling. It’s nice for us because we always try to find a good solution and we’ve been a bit unlucky recently. Thank God we succeeded.


on how he beat Ben Foster…
Foster played very well today. He made a good save from my first effort and I was a bit lucky because I was able to put it above him. I thought it was a very good cross from Mesut and I just tried to finish off the job. I would like to say that we were very strong as a team, with a good, strong mentality and it was very important to win. We have shown a big mental strength once again.

on whether there were question marks after back-to-back defeats…
At home you have to win, even more after two disappointing results. It was a very important game for us and we really wanted, we really needed, the three points. It’s job done today but it was very hard. We were playing against six at the back, three in midfield and then one up top, but we never gave up. It was a great feeling to score and a big relief too.


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