Date: 10th January 2017 at 10:16am
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Olivier Giroud has been giving his thoughts on the victory over Preston North End at the weekend in the FA Cup third round tie.

Travelling to Deepdale for the match and falling behind early on, needing goals from Aaron Ramsey and Giroud himself in the second half to turn the match around and book our place in last night’s fourth round draw, whilst there were plenty of positives Giroud could take from the game he also knew it was another example of Arsenal needing to start matches more brightly.

Speaking to the Official Site in his own post game press conference following the two one win over Simon Grayson’s Championship side, the French striker explained.

‘We wanted to start the game better than the last game at Bournemouth. Unfortunately, they surprised us with their commitment. We wanted to bounce back second half and show some character with an early goal in the second half with Aaron – a nice goal. One more time we had to score in the last minute but one more time we`ve shown a very strong team character. We want to start the games better.’

With chances and domination in the first period but Preston proving incredibly difficult to break down and then to beat their keeper when chances came Giroud knew we could’ve done better and been at least level by the half time break but at least it came together in the second half as we stuck at it.

‘Surprised…yeah. I don`t know but they put a lot of intensity in the duels and the team was beaten physically. It was not Arsenal so we wanted to show something else in the second half. We have done it, but we need to start the games better. We are pleased with the amazing support of the fans tonight at this game.’

With pointless criticism from those who like the sound of their own voices – pundits – about his celebration previously when scoring, Giroud sidestepped that question wanting to focus on the result itself.

‘No, I don`t want to speak about that. I want to speak about the team, the teamwork and what we are doing on the pitch – that is the most important.’

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