Super Rob Holding & Giroud on beating Stoke and chasing 4th place

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Rob Holding and Olivier Giroud faced the Sky Sports cameras after Arsenal’s 4-1 win against Stoke City.

Here’s what they had to say…

On the win…

OG: Everything was not so easy for us today. We knew it was going to be a tough game. We’ve been efficient up front and defensively very compact and very aggressive. We defended well from the front when we lost the ball. We’ve been good in the transitions, we’ve played through the lines.

It’s a great win today. We now have two more finals to come. The most difficult thing against this type of team is to score the first one. After we had to be efficient and that’s what we succeeded in doing. As I told you, it was not so easy, we made the difference at the end.

On showing character when Stoke went direct…

RH: Yeah, when they got that goal their fans got a bit louder. We showed good character to stay in the game and withstand them when they had seven corners in a row. We got them on the break and scored a few more goals to polish it off.

On Crouch scoring with his hand…

RH: I didn’t see it go in but I’ve seen a few of our lads running to the linesman waving their hands. It went in, but we’ve got the result so it didn’t matter in the end.

On putting pressure on Liverpool…

OG: Obviously we have to do the job and focus on our games. But to be honest with you I’ll be a big fan of West Ham tomorrow. They have all my support. To be fair, we have to do the job first and then see the other results. We’re going to keep the faith and keep fighting until the end.

On enjoying the 3-4-3 formation…

RH: I’ve enjoyed getting on the ball a bit more and being able to play, with three at the back there’s a bit more safety. I like to be on the ball and playing it forward. It’s been going well and hopefully it continues.

On having a West Ham scarf on tomorrow…

RH: I had it on when they were against Tottenham. I’m sure I’ll have it on again tomorrow.

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