Olivier Giroud says he got a “helping hand from destiny” when he scored one of his most crucial goals for Arsenal on Tuesday night.
The striker came off the bench at The Emirates to capitalise on a rare mistake from Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and open the scoring against the Champions League Group F leaders. Mesut Ozil netted a late second to seal the Gunners’ first points after defeats in their opening two matches.
Giroud has been used as a substitute for much of the season so far, with the pace of Theo Walcott often preferred by Arsene Wenger. But the Frenchman has now notched three goals in his last four appearances and after the referee missed an apparent handball when he scored against Bayern, Giroud believes his luck is beginning to turn.
He said: “I’ve had a bit more luck than in recent weeks, so I’m making the most of it.
“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.”