Olivier Giroud was among the 14 outstanding players (including substitutes) who stepped onto the Etihad turf on Sunday evening and ensured all the three points came back to London as Arsenal registered a 2-0 win over Premier League holders Manchester City.
Spanish international Santi Cazorla – who had scored the opener in the first half via a penalty – picked out Giroud with a well-executed free-kick midway through the second half. The France centre forward capitalised on clumsy defending by Fernando by heading the ball past Joe Hart to make it 2-0 22 minutes after the start of the second half.
This sealed the victory for the visitors as City never looked like they could orchestrate a comeback against a well-organised Arsenal side that was brimming with confidence.
Speaking to Arsenal Player on Tuesday after the timely win, the 28-year old praised their ruthlessness and clinical attributes in front of goal.
You need to have something that all strikers have in them.
You need to keep lucidity in front of goal and have cold blood, like we say in France, in your veins.
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You need to be a born striker with a killer instinct.
The French striker insisted that although talent is necessary in football (as in every other sport), it is not sufficient on its own and as such, one has to continually work hard in order to improve as a player.
Giroud revealed that as a youngster he looked up to Les Bleus legends like Eric Cantona and Jean Pierre Papin. Nonetheless, he confessed that his favourite was… come on, who else could it be other than our very own Thierry Henry?
He [Henry] played for my team, Arsenal, so I was impressed by his performances.
He has done really well in his career, especially at Arsenal.
If I can do half of what he has done I will be happy.
Well matching Henry’s standards would be a bit of a stretch for any player not only at Arsenal but in the Premier League full stop. However, Giroud’s target is realistic and I strongly maintain that with hard work and focus, he can make it.