Olivier Giroud: I have a good understanding with Mesut Ozil
Olivier Giroud believes his on-pitch understanding with Mesut Özil has helped his Arsenal form this season
Olivier Giroud believes that his on-pitch understanding with Mesut Ozil was a key factor behind Arsenal’s win over Newcastle on Monday.
Ozil scored one and set up Giroud for the Gunners’ third as Arsene Wenger’s men ran out 3-0 comfortable winners over the Magpies at Emirates Stadium.
I have a good understanding with him [Ozil] on the pitch and I think we can see it
The result means that a win over West Bromwich Albion in north London on Sunday will guarantee a top-four finish for Wenger’s side.
And the 27-year-old says that Ozil’s arrival at the club last summer has helped him find his best form.
“I was happy to score on Monday,” said Giroud. “I really needed it and it’s always important for a striker to score. It’s my 21st goal and I really want to be efficient and regular for the last three games.
“I have a good understanding with him [Ozil] on the pitch and I think we can see it. It’s always easy to play with him.
“I was so close in the first half from the Lukas Podolski cross, he crossed it really strongly so I tried to dive and it was not so far away.
“But in the second half Mesut gave me a good cross as well and I finished the work. I’m really happy.”