Laurent Koscielny says that Olivier Giroud’s goal against West Brom is an indication of Arsenal’s squad depth, where players who haven’t been playing much can contribute.
Monday’s 1-0 win saw the French striker start his first Premier League game of the season – certainly not a stat he’d have been aiming for at the beginning of the campaign.
However, he notched his 6th goal of the season to ensure the Gunners took three vital points in a difficult encounter.
“He stayed focused with the team,” said Koscielny afterwards. “We are not 11 or 18 players, we are 25 players.
“All the players who play for Arsenal have a big part to play during the season because of injuries and suspensions, and everyone needs to be ready to fight for this club.
“Today, Oli started and he tried to give his best on the pitch. He fought and it’s good for him to score the winning goal.”
And after a hard week following two defeats, Koscielny is looking for the West Brom win to rebuild some confidence.
“We lost two games in a week last week and it was very important to come back with a win,” he continued.
“The confidence will come back when you win and the most important thing now is to continue to win games in a row so that hopefully we can get into the first position.”