Olivier Giroud and Hector Bellerin spoke to Sky Sports after the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace today, talking about the win and, of course, that amazing goal from the French striker.
If you haven’t seen it, check out the links in the match report.
How important the win was
Bellerin: It was important to keep up with everyone else, we have a few games we need to win and get on a good run if we want to be up there. It’s a great start to the year.
Giroud on the goal
Giroud: Alexis gave the ball a bit behind me and I tried to take it with my heel. I had maximum luck! Yeah, I had good balance. It was a great feeling, I wanted to score early from Nacho’s cross but I was a bit short.
So it’s nice that I succeeded to get a nice one for the team.
Was Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s similar goal last week in his mind?
Giroud: I tried to deflect it, in this position you can only try this one thing, so it’s nice for me and nice for the team. It’s definitely one of my best.
[We enjoyed him absolutely not answering the question!]
Bellerin on the goal
Bellerin: Woah, I couldn’t believe it. It was a great goal. I’ve seen Oli do stuff like in training, so we know what he’s capable of.
It was also the first goal of the game, we had a lot of the ball, a lot of chances, it’s nice when you finally get one in.
On the Bournemouth game on Tuesday
Giroud: We need to keep going, we need good momentum to stay up there, the teams in front are doing very well. We need to respond, and it’s nice to win the first game of the year.