In today’s news roundup, Olivier Giroud admits about the ‘special relationship’ he has with Santi Cazorla. The two forwards joined Arsenal right about the same time and as such, have a very good cohesion on the pitch.
Arsene Wenger also reveals his relief with their win over Crytal Palace. Arsenal won 2-1 over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park this past weekend, a narrow victory that could easily have ended as a draw.
The gaffer also gives his thoughts on their Champions League draw against his former side AS Monaco, claiming it will be a 50:50 encounter.
Giroud admits of ‘special relationship’ with Cazorla.
With Alexis Sanchez suffering from burn out after sustaining a hamstring injury, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla have been in blistering goal scoring form, with their latest being in the match against Crystal Palace where they scored a goal a-piece. Giroud has now come out to reveal the reason behind this, admitting that he has a very special relationship with the Spanish international.
“Cazorla reads the game very well,” Giroud told TF1 (via the Express)
“I have a special relationship with him, we arrived at the same time, we find each other very well.”
Cazorla and Giroud joined the Gunners during the summer of 2012 although they settled differently as the former impressed instantly while the latter took a bit longer.
Wenger relieved by win over Crystal Palace.
Arsene Wenger has admitted that just like all Arsenal fans, he was relieved by their win over Crystal Palace. The Gunners took the lead in the opening minutes of the game when Santi Cazorla converted from the spot kick to give the visitors the lead, before Olivier Giroud added the second in injury time of the first half. Although Alan Pardew’s side pressed hard to get the equalizer after pulling one back in the 9oth minute, the Gunners hanged on for dear life to seal the victory.
“What was important for me was to win [against Crystal Palace],” Wenger told Arsenal.com.
“We fought like mad to come back in a strong position in the league, and not to win would have been disastrous.”
With 12 Premier League encounters left before the end of the season, every win counts regardless of how it was attained.
Boss rates Arsenal’s chances against Monaco.
Arsene Wenger has given his thoughts on Wednesday’s Champions League tie against French side AS Monaco, claiming that both teams will have a good chance at winning the match. Arsenal have been unlucky in the past, drawing the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the last 16. The jinx however ended this season when they were given Monaco, something that has made gooners believe they’re favorites to qualify into the last 8.
“This is a 50:50 game,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “We know that Monaco are very tight defensively – they didn’t concede in the group stage against good teams.”
Arsenal are in a good position to win the first match as they play at the Emirates, although they will have to be vigilant not to concede any away goals.
Giroud heaps praise on Ozil.
Olivier Giroud has never hidden his admiration for German international and Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil. The French striker has once again praised the 2014 World Cup winner, insisting that he has the ability to ‘make the difference’. Ozil has had an impressive run since returning from a knee injury sustained back in October last year against Chelsea.
“Ozil, he is a calm force,” the Frenchman said (via le10sport). He is very calm, perhaps even introverted, but very much much technically at ease. And when he is playing at a level of high confidence, he makes the difference.”
Injuries on Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere have made the gaffer to deploy Ozil through the middle, something the 26-year old is clearly taking advantage of.