Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud believes the team's 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich on Wednesday will help improve their Premier League fortunes.

The Frenchman gave the Gunners the perfect start at the Allianz Arena by opening the scoring with just three minutes on the clock, which cut the aggregate difference down to 3-2.

A late header from his compatriot Laurent Koscielny gave the visitors a 2-0 lead but, unfortunately for them, that is where it ended as they crashed out on away goals as the tie sat level at 3-3.

Now all of Arsenal's attention will be on finishing inside the top four in the league as they have no other competitions to play in, and Giroud believes beating Munich was just the boost the side needed ahead of this weekend's clash at Swansea.

"We showed a lot of great things tonight so we can believe," Giroud told Arsenal Player. "We were so close to the qualification so we are so disappointed but we can be proud of ourselves. We made the people who trust us and follow us proud.

"The first leg was not very good for us and the third goal we conceded at the end of the game [to Mario Mandzukic] killed us. Tonight it makes the difference.

"We almost played the [perfect] performance tonight because we scored early in the game and scored the second one. It was an amazing finish for us but Bayern did the job after. They lost a lot of time and it was a little bit too late.

"But overall we had a good reaction after the first leg. It’s good for the future and we have to continue and focus because we have a big game in three days against Swansea.

"It will be a hard game but we need the win to reach Tottenham and Chelsea. We need to carry on."

Arsenal currently sit fifth in the table, seven points off fierce rivals Tottenham, who sit in third. However, Arsenal do have a game in hand over their north London rivals. 

In fourth place at the moment is Chelsea, and they sit five points ahead of Arsenal.


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