Wenger: Giroud told me we’d score

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Arsene Wenger says that Olivier Giroud told him the team would score, before the French international popped up with a wonder strike to secure a 1-0 win over Red Star Belgrade.

The Gunners had struggled to fashion too many chances during the game, and it was a dull affair overall. However, the interplay between Giroud, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott was enough to break the 10 men down, and afterwards the Arsenal manager revealed that the 31 year old had predicted the goal.

“At some stage he [Giroud] came to the touchline and told me we will score,” he said. “That’s Giroud, he keeps belief when it’s tough.

“That’s why he scores at moments you do not expect him to score.

And what a goal it was too. Watch it here with some fun commentary laughter too.

It brings his goal tally to 101 for the club, and ensured Arsenal’s 100% record in the Europa League remained intact after wins over Cologne and BATE Borisov.

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Airborne
Airborne

Of course he knew.
The real OG.

Martin
Martin

Didn’t look like an own goal to me

Rambozil
Rambozil

OG = Original Gangsta

Dan Hunter

For me the twist to get rid of three players and getting the ball through the eye of the needle by Jack – that was even sweeter than the goal itself

naija gunner
naija gunner

Brilliant move, great goal

jack jack jack
jack jack jack

Jack somehow making three players around him disappear into thin air was a delight. Still a special player

my name is bob
my name is bob

NA NA NA NANANANA, NANANANA
GIROOOOOUUUUUDDDD

Akatsukick
Akatsukick

Does he know if we finish top 4 ?

ramgooner
ramgooner

Olivier ‘The Oracle’ Giroud
Olivier ‘ The Octopus’ Giroud.

Alex
Alex

Olivier should also score at moments he is expected to score…

caligunner
caligunner

SMH you are a bitter fanboy, Geez I guess I’ll just say something stupid like Ozil sucked today lol right???

zesty
zesty

Wish this had been #100.

Highbury
Highbury

I’ve said it on here before, Giroud is such a ridiculously good finisher – no one else in this squad would ever even attempt a finish like that.

Santori
Santori

Highly underrated. World class.

Jack\'s Ankle
Jack\'s Ankle

It’s the mind and imaginative instinct of a (French) striker.

You can’t teach that.

Adam
Adam

Fair play to Giroud, he was useless all game but that was another wonder goal to his collection.

Miguel G Fernandez
Miguel G Fernandez

He had no service all game.

Santori
Santori

Giroux is rarely useless.

He always brings in the second line.

In this case, the players around him do not know how to use him as much…except Theo and Jack.

Santori
Santori

Number 101. Another beauty.

Automatism
Automatism

Wenger didn’t give this team a chance with the line up. Maitland-Niles on the left, jesus, going forward it’s like we’re playing with 10 men the whole game. Should’ve brought Monreal or Kolasinac on the bench.

Props to Elneny for surviving this game. But you can tell it effect the whole team when you don’t have a solid line up at the back.

Point is, the players bailed the manager out tonight. Despite everything, they stick with each other, protecting one another, and the quality of the front three finally prevail.

What a goal. ??

rg21
rg21

How did the players bail out the manager? Wenger should have signed a CM in the summer put he has got the points and a rested 1st team ready for the weekend. I would rather see Monreal and Kolasinac fresh for the premiership.

caligunner
caligunner

WTF would you bring Nacho or SK to only have them come off the bench? lol

Automatism
Automatism

@rg21 the players bailed him out because the set up of the team is messed up. The system doesn’t suits the players we got, makes matters worst by playing some of them out of their natural positions.

@caligunner for a simple ease of mind to the youngsters and when things go bad we have players to call for. Thankfuly it didn’t go to that.

& do we need 2 left back playing at the same time on the PL anyway? The system is weird.

Bould\'s Eyeliner
Bould\'s Eyeliner

Uh, actually that’s just good management. Rotating players and all that. Nice to see the squad delivered on expectations. Our B-string should absolutely be able to beat some of these Europa teams, even if it isn’t so easily done as it is said.

Lula
Lula

What a goal. Seriously. What a goal.

Diaby\'s Physiotherapist

Handsome goal. Just like the Bloke who put it away.