Olivier Giroud is feeling confident ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final, and feels his side turned a corner after their testing loss to Everton last month.
Arsenal responded by progressing to the FA Cup final and secured fourth spot with five straight Premier League wins, helping build some momentum for Saturday’s showpiece at Wembley.
Olivier Giroud has enjoyed a decent campaign with a strong first half of the season but suffered a dip in form during the hectic New Year fixture schedule and seemed off the pace. He’s rested up and ready to go for this weekend’s final however, and looking ahead, he feels confident of the Gunners chances against Hull City.
He told Arsenal Player:
I think I’m quite fit so I feel good in my body. Even if I have the World Cup after the season it was a great season for me and I don’t feel tired because we have a really exciting finish and I look forward to it.
We have had a good answer on the pitch, a good response after our defeat against Everton. We were conscious that we had some things to correct.
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We did well in these last games and we have a lot of confidence for this final, but we really want to start the game on the front foot because we really respect Hull City.
We are confident but you know it’s one game so we have to be cautious, focus on our game and carry on what we have done well in these last weeks.
Although he feels confident the Frenchman knows there is an immense amount of pressure on their shoulders to end what has a been a frustrating nine year wait for a trophy.
Maybe because it’s a final there is always a bit more pressure.
But I’m used to having [pressure] on my shoulders and I’m OK with the pressure and I like it. I want to transform it into motivation and determination.
We know what we have to do to win this cup and we all focus on the same targets and the same goal. We really want it.
We feel really excited because the final is a special moment for a player and especially for the club and for the fans as well. We have been waiting for a trophy for nine years now so we really want to win it for all the Gunners.
Arsenal have a huge chance to turn the season into a success, a loss at Wembley would be a damaging blow to the clubs and managers confidence after a turbulent campaign.
Giroud and team mates are well rested and must come out of the blocks flying. Hull will throw everything including the kitchen sink at the Gunners, it’s their first final in club history so naturally they will do everything in their power to cause an upset.
If Arsenal can play their high tempo game and get at them from the get go, hopefully net a goal or two early on, control possession, it will go a long way to ease the pressure and eventually get this smelly monkey off our back. We have the quality and luckily for us we have players such as Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil back in form to orchestrate our flowing attack.