Olivier Giroud insists he got a foot on the ball for Arsenal’s second against Norwich even if television replays appear to show Sebastien Bassong scooping the ball over the line.
Hoping that the strike will be awarded to him by the dubious goals panel, the Frenchman also revelled in the spirit shown by his teammates after a gritty 3-1 win that lifted the Gunners into third place.
“I swear I touched the ball [for the second goal!” Giroud told Arsenal Player.
“Maybe he [Bassong] did as well but I hit the ball and I hope that the goal will be given to me.”
“We feel relieved tonight because we had a bad start,” he continued. “We had some chances to score but we didn’t succeed to in the first half.
“In the second half, Norwich scored from a free-kick. We knew [that was where they are strong] so we need to be more concentrated at set pieces. Fortunately we had a good run and succeeded to score three times.
“We never give up and we try to play until the end of the game so it’s one of our qualities.
“After, we had a little bit of luck and it’s so good to win this game because we can put the pressure on Spurs’ shoulders.”
The Gunners can consolidate their position in the table on Tuesday night when Everton are the visitors at the Emirates. Aware of the importance of the rearranged fixture, captain Thomas Vermaelen spoke positively about the momentum that has been picked up in recent weeks.
“I think we’re on a run now,” he told Arsenal.com. “We’ve got a good momentum at the moment. We’re winning a lot of games.
“Tuesday is an important game again so we have to keep fighting and try to get three points.”