By Danny Wright
Olivier Giroud has admitted that he wants to see West Ham beat Liverpool on Sunday.
Arsenal’s chances of finishing in the top four received a major boost on Saturday as they secured a convincing 4-1 win away at Stoke.
That means that anything less than a win for Liverpool at the London Stadium could hand the Gunners a chance of moving into the Champions League qualification spots with a win against Sunderland on Tuesday.
Giroud, 30, scored twice in Arsenal’s victory at the Bet365 and has joked that he will be a Hammers fan for the day.
“Obviously we have to do the job but to be honest with you, I would be a big fan of West Ham tomorrow,” said the France international in a post-match interview on Sky Sports 1 at 7:15pm on Saturday.
“They have all my support.”
Giroud opened the scoring for Arsene Wenger’s side in the 42nd minute of the tie before Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez found the net on either side of Peter Crouch’s controversial goal which seemed to go in off his hand.
The win was rounded off by Giroud ten minutes from time to earn Arsenal their third league win in a row.
The Gunners are now just a point behind Liverpool, who dropped down to fourth place following Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Leicester earlier in the day.