Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud admits Arsenal’s forthcoming clash with Paris Saint-Germain is now massive for both clubs as they battle to finish top of Champions League Group A.
The two teams will clash at the Emirates on November 23rd, locked on points at the top of the group with 10 points apiece after four games.
The winner of the game could prove crucial when it comes to the draw for the knockout stages and Giroud says the Gunners know the importance of coming top.
“We are in a strong run, we want to keep it up and carry on our good momentum,” he told BT Sport.
“But it’s still the beginning of the season so we really want to finish first you know to have the opportunity to receive the second game in the last 16.
“PSG will be massive, very important. We are doing well in the Premier League so it’s a good message but we need to keep it up because we know football.”
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Giroud grabbed Arsenal’s equaliser in Bulgaria, before Mesut Ozil scored a gorgeous late winner, and the France international now has three goals in his last two games since returning from injury.
“I’m pleased to help the team especially,” he added. “I had a great delivery from Aaron [Ramsey] and finished the job.
“It was tough tonight we expected a tough game because at the Emirates I was watching them from the stands and they played very well through the lines and impressed me a lot and we knew that it was not going to be easy tonight.”
The PSG game will almost definitely prove to be the decider in Group A but having already held the French champions, who are six points off top spot in Ligue 1, the Gunners will be hoping to go one better with home advantage.