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Arsenal striker says defence could cost Gunners glory

Arsenal defending was exasperating at times (©GettyImages)
Arsenal defending was exasperating at times (©GettyImages).

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has admitted the Gunners need to address their defensive frailties quickly or risk throwing away any hope of success this season.

However, the France international did insist confidence in Arsene Wenger’s squad was growing ahead of the clash with Manchester United on Saturday.

The 26-year-old was referring to the astonishing 7-5 win over Reading in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, where Arsenal were shambolic in the first half and fell 4-0 behind after only 37 minutes.

Wenger’s side had to dig deep and in the end they managed to equalise in the dying seconds before going in to win it in extra-time – something Giroud thinks will help.

“It was better for us to win the game [ahead of Saturday’s match], it is good for confidence,” he told the official Arsenal website.

“But we have to remember our problems and correct them because while we were able to come back in this game, we might not be able to do so next time.

“At 4-0 down it is difficult to come back, so we have to concentrate better from the start of each game.”

The win over Reading has since been labelled one of the greatest games ever by many and it meant the Gunners quest for silverware continues, albeit in a competition that Wenger has admitted to being the lowest of his priorities.

Giroud has struggled since moving from Ligue 1 champions to Arsenal in the summer, but his introduction midway through the second half at the Medejski Stadium made a noticeable difference – he scored the Gunners second with a brilliant header.

He believes this is a signal that he is beginning to find his feet in the Premier League and hopes that with his growing confidence he can finally begin to make a bigger impact, starting with Manchester United this weekend.

“I try to go step by step, game by game; I feel better and better and I trust in my quality and that I will be able to succeed with Arsenal,” he added.

“Although we have a difficult game [at Old Trafford], I am confident in our quality.”

Giroud is likely to start at Old Trafford, despite his exertions in midweek, as fellow striker Gervinho has been ruled out for three weeks with an ankle injury.

The clash with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side is set to be an emotional affair as it will be the first time they go up against former Gunners captain Robin van Persie since his contentious £24million transfer in the summer.

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