Date: 27th December 2016 at 2:38pm
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Arsenal’s recent frustration – where our title bid has definitely stalled at a time when Chelsea just can’t do any wrong – look as though it would continue on Boxing Day with a home draw against West Brom.

However, with time running out Olivier Giroud was able to finally beat West Brom keeper Ben Foster to head home a cross form Mesut Ozil to give Arsenal a crucial three points.

Giroud – having been handed a start by Arsene Wenger – spoke of his relief at the winner. Which he said we always had belief would come.

Quoted by arsenal.com post-match Giroud said.

‘It has been a big relief. We pushed and pushed towards the end, and we kept believing in our game. It`s a big finish, an amazing feeling. It`s nice for us because we always try to find a good solution and we`ve been a bit unlucky recently. Thank God we succeeded.’

Former England keeper Foster made a number of good saves and looked as though he would thwart Arsenal until the Frenchman was finally able to head past him four minutes from time.

Giroud added.

‘Foster played very well today. He made a good save from my first effort and I was a bit lucky because I was able to put it above him. I thought it was a very good cross from Mesut and I just tried to finish off the job. I would like to say that we were very strong as a team, with a good, strong mentality and it was very important to win. We have shown a big mental strength once again.’

Not only was it a ‘big relief’ to collect the points Giroud also said how important it was – especially in terms of home games – to collect the win after successive defeats.

‘At home you have to win, even more after two disappointing results. It was a very important game for us and we really wanted, we really needed, the three points. It`s job done today but it was very hard. We were playing against six at the back, three in midfield and then one up top, but we never gave up. It was a great feeling to score and a big relief too,’ Giroud concluded.

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