In today’s news roundup Arsene Wenger has hailed fellow Frenchman Olivier Giroud for showing off exactly what he’s made of during Arsenal’s 3-0 thumping of London rivals West Ham United. The Frenchman scored the opener before setting up Ramsey to double our lead.
Elsewhere, we’ll provide you with the full Video & Match Report from the victory, and a good laugh from a deluded Louis van Gaal. These and more interesting stories in today’s news roundup.
Boss praises ‘Special’ Giroud.
Arsene Wenger was full of praise for Olivier Giroud as Arsenal demolished West Ham United 3-0 on Saturday afternoon. The French international was hyped by the gaffer and deservedly so as he scored a sensational goal in injury time before setting up another for Aaron Ramsey in the second half.
Speaking during the post-match press conference after the emphatic victory as reported by Goal, Wenger hailed the 28-year old striker who only a few years ago was playing in the third division of French football.
“This is a boy who played at 22 or 23 years old in division three and then becomes an international player.
“You need some mental strengths to do that because there is no red carpet and you have to work hard.
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“You need some special strengths – Giroud had an outstanding game today.
“I know all these offensive players have the quality to deliver something special but what is for sure is they understand each other better than six or seven months ago.
“That makes everybody more dangerous.”
Giroud was in fantastic form yesterday and hopefully he can give us more of such performances.
Goal & Match Report: Arsenal 3-0 West Ham United
Arsenal continued their fine form as they thrashed West Ham 3-0 in the London derby played at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon. Theo Walcott had numerous chances to get on the score sheet for the better part of the first half but the England international was far from clinical, appearing hesitant in most cases.
Olivier Giroud scored the opener during added time in the first half after fantastic build up play that started with Per Mertesacker. Aaron Ramsey added the second with 10 minutes left on the clock before Mathieu Flamini tapped in the third only a minute after replacing Mesut Ozil.
Delusional van Gaal claims United can finish second ahead of Arsenal.
Despite sitting fourth in the Premier League table and four points behind Arsenal (albeit with a game in hand), Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has claimed that his side can finish second ahead of both Arsenal and Manchester City, according to a report by Sky Sports.
Although they have exhibited poor performances this season, United have managed to register scrappy wins and as such have maintained their chase for Champions League qualification.
“The coming matches are very decisive,” he said.
“We are so close to a lot of clubs. We can be second or third. It is not a big difference, I believe.
“Manchester United have to be one of the teams who have to play in the Champions League.”
The Dutchman should be more concerned about qualifying for the Champions League rather than setting his sights on second place when the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham are still breathing behind United’s neck.
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