By Emma Sanders
Olivier Giroud admitted he was “angry” during Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Preston because his side were being “dominated” by the Championship outfit.
The striker netted a late 89th minute winner in the FA Cup third round tie on Saturday evening but he admitted his side must start playing better from as early as the first minute.
Arsenal were slow to find their rhythm and it followed a slow start in the Premier League fixture against Bournemouth so Giroud has stated it’s something his side must improve on.
“We need to start games better,” said Giroud in the Guardian. “We were not in the game first half and we set out with the idea of trying to make a better start than we had at Bournemouth.”
“I was angry. We are a top-level Premier League side and we were being dominated.”
Giroud started just his sixth game of the season for Arsenal and he has only been included in the starting XI on three occasions in the Premier League during the 2016-17 campaign.
However, it’s not the first time he has bailed his team out after he scored crucial goals during the clashes against West Brom, Bournemouth and Paris Saint-Germain.
The 30-year-old’s goal tally is currently nine in 19 total appearances for Arsenal this season and he has been a crucial part of Arsene Wenger’s squad despite having to fight for a starring role alongside Alexis Sanchez.
Arsenal have suffered a slight dip in form since the start of December – picking up two defeats against Everton and Manchester City before drawing against Bournemouth at the start of the new year.
The victory over Preston was their third in four games though and the Gunners still sit just three points off Liverpool who are in second place in the Premier League table, although they’re eight points off leaders Chelsea.
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