By Will Butcher
Olivier Giroud has revealed that he and his teammates are “very happy” after he rose highest to secure a point for Arsenal against Manchester United.
Giroud, 30, got himself on the end of a curling cross from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to score an 89th-minute equaliser, after Juan Mata had put United ahead earlier in the second half.
Speaking after the match, Giroud revealed that Arsenal were struggling to break down United’s defence and was glad that he could offer something different.
“By the end of the game my team-mates were a bit tired,” Giroud said, as quoted by the official Premier League Twitter account. “So I tried to bring something different. We are very happy with this point.”
Giroud: "By the end of the game my team-mates were a bit tired, so I tried to bring something different. We are very happy with this point" pic.twitter.com/Uph0yixQNZ
— Premier League (@premierleague) November 19, 2016
The Gunners had previously failed to register a shot on target despite boasting attacking talents such as Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott in their side.
However, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s inviting cross gave Giroud the perfect chance to score as his fourth goal in four games for Arsenal continues to give manager Arsene Wenger a selection headache.
The point leaves Giroud and company in third place on goal difference, as they sit on the same amount of points as Antonio Conte’s Chelsea and one point behind league leaders Liverpool.
The France international will now be hoping his goal convinces Wenger to give him a start against French champions Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday in Group A of the Champions League.
In other Arsenal news, these are the player ratings of the rest of the Gunners side during the 1-1 draw.