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Arsenal striker praises team spirit

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Giroud was a handful against Norwich (©GettyImages)
Giroud was a handful against Norwich (©GettyImages).

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has hailed the team's never-say-die attitude and insisted that was the main reason why they were able to comeback against relegation-threatened Norwich City on Saturday.

Arsenal welcomed Norwich to the Emirates on Saturday knowing that a win would take them above London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea, but they knew it wouldn't be easy as the Canaries are in a battle of their own - to stay in the Premier League.

Despite controlling much of the game, it was in fact Arsenal that fell behind in the second half after a Michael Turner header stunned the home fans.

Replays showed that City striker Kei Kamara, in fact, tripped over his own foot for the free-kick - and that wasn't the only controversial decision by the match officials.

A questionable corner was given to Arsenal which then resulted in Giroud being pulled down for a penalty which Mikel Arteta converted, and the equaliser was then followed up by a Giroud goal and a Lukas Podolski strike to see the match end 3-1.

Giroud believes Arsenal had the right attitude once they went down 1-0 and believes that their never-say-die approach will be influential in the season run-in.

The Frenchman also claimed that it was he who got the final touch for the second goal and not City defender Sebastien Bassong.

“We feel relieved tonight because we had a bad start,” he told Arsenal Player. “We had some chances to score but we didn't succeed to in the first half.

“In the second half, Norwich scored from a free-kick. We knew [that was where they are strong] so we need to be more concentrated at set pieces. Fortunately we had a good run and succeeded to score three times.

“We never give up and we try to play until the end of the game so it's one of our qualities.

“After, we had a little bit of luck and it's so good to win this game because we can put the pressure on Spurs' shoulders.

“I swear I touched the ball [for the second goal]!" added Giroud. "Maybe he [Bassong] did as well but I hit the ball and I hope that the goal will be given to me.”

 

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