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Giroud thanks ‘hand from destiny’

 Arsenal's Olivier Giroud acknowledges the fans following their UEFA Champions League Group F match, at the Emirates Stadium in London, on October 20, 2015. PHOTO/AFP

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud acknowledges the fans following their UEFA Champions League Group F match, at the Emirates Stadium in London, on October 20, 2015. PHOTO/AFP

LONDON, October 21- Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was grateful for a “helping hand from destiny” after his goal helped the Gunners beat Bayern Munich 2-0.

Giroud, 29, broke the deadlock in the Champions League match at Emirates Stadium on 77 minutes when he bundled in Santi Cazorla’s free kick after goalkeeper Manuel Neuer failed to claim the delivery.

The ball appeared to come off the France international’s head then hand, while the result was put beyond doubt in the final moments through Mesut Ozil’s goal.

“I’ve had a bit more luck than in recent weeks, so I’m making the most of it,” Giroud said in the Guardian. “For a striker, it always works in cycles and I know that. You can’t start doubting yourself.

“All the qualities are there — I just needed a helping hand from destiny, and tonight it worked out in my favour. It’s certainly not my most beautiful goal but it’s one of the most important.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reserved praise for Giroud, with the forward having lost his starting place in the side of late to Theo Walcott.

“Give him some credit, it is not easy for Giroud,” Wenger said. “He had a little dip in form but he is coming back to his best. The focus and spirit he shows, he’s a winner.

“When it doesn’t work on the ground, he gives us options in the air. I like both Giroud and Walcott, it is just a question of making sure I use them in the right way.”

Despite the result, Arsenal remain bottom of Group F but they are now level with Dinamo Zagreb on three points while Olympiakos and Bayern have six each.

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-Soccernet.com

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