Olivier Giroud says he’s delighted to have scored his first Arsenal hat-trick, but says that the fact the team qualified for the knock-out stages of the Champions League is the most important thing.
The French striker opened the scoring in the first period, before two second half strikes ensured the Gunners passage to the round of 16.
Speaking after the game, he said, “It is fantastic for me. We are happy with this result tonight. We missed the chance two or three years ago and also this year in Monaco so it is nice to go thorough the group stage as we were not in a good position.
“Finally we have done it for the fans and I feel very nice.”
Giroud acknowledged the fact that he went home with the match-ball, but was keen to stress that it was a team effort.
“It is quite an important one [hat-trick],” he said. “It is my first one and I was waiting for that for a long time. I felt the team worked very well as a unit, so we are really pleased with each other.