Giroud on bouncing back, squad depth & winning the Europa League


Olivier Giroud faced the media ahead of Arsenal’s first ever Europa League game against Cologne on Thursday.

We’ve already covered his reasons for staying at the Emirates this summer and why he’s excited to hit a century in Gunners colours.

The Frenchman was also quizzed on the performance against Bournemouth, the prospect of winning a European trophy and the squad depth available to manager Arsene Wenger.

On bouncing back against Bournemouth…

We needed this win definitely. We had a tough start with these two away games [at Stoke and Liverpool] it was not easy. We wanted to bounce back as quick as we can and it was a great character response [against Bournemouth]. We’ve been pleased with this result and we’ve done very well, been efficient in front of goal. It’s good for the confidence and now we need to focus on the Europa League. After we’ll have another big game on Sunday in the derby against Chelsea. 

On winning a European trophy…

I play football to win trophies and to be ambitious. It’s only the first game, so we need to wait and to win every single game. Step by step, we’ll see but obviously we can do it and we want to do it.

On Arsenal’s squad depth…

We have at least two teams, two good teams. We’ve got a lot of competition in the team. It’s nice for everybody because we need to be focused and competitive. It keeps the focus high and always improves us. It’s always nice to have good players alongside you and to push you always forward. Trust me, we’ve a very good team on paper tomorrow.

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