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Giroud: Arsenal have to do much better

Olivier Giroud feels Arsenal must play "much better" after grinding out a 1-0 win over strugglers Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday.

The French forward provided the knock-down for Danny Welbeck to drive in the match-winning goal in the second period at the Emirates Stadium after being denied for large periods against their relegation-threatened opponents.

Norwich slipped to 19th in the standings following their defeat but managed to keep the Gunners at bay until the 59th minute during a match tarnished with fan protests.

A small proportion of the home supporters displayed placards to voice their frustration at the team's results this term and Giroud admitted Arsenal must improve their performances.


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“We are very pleased with the three points because it was not a fantastic game from the team,” he told Arsenal Player. “The thing is, we never give up and we trust in our game until the end.

“We could have scored more, and we played a team who are fighting to not go down. We knew it was going to be a tough game and we expected that.

"We are very pleased to win this game because it was not easy but we have to do much better.”

Giroud, who is without a goal in 15 league appearances for the north Londoners, said he is eager to supply chances to his team-mates if not finding the back of the net himself.

“It is always nice for a striker to score or assist a team-mate,” he said. “I’m pleased to be back, not on the scoresheet but on the assist sheet.

“I’m used to playing for my team-mates and I try to help them when I can. If I cannot finish the work, I try to play for them. This one reminded me of another goal, it was like Theo (Walcott)’s against Leicester. 

“I try to play with my first instinct and be efficient, but even if I didn’t score I’m pleased with that assist and I will try to keep working. I will work hard to get the confidence back and the goals as well."