Giroud: Arsenal squad better equipped than in past

Date published: Wednesday 9th December 2015 10:10

Olivier Giroud: Trains with Arsenal team-mates ahead of Olympiacos game

Olivier Giroud believes Arsenal have the squad with their injury crisis as they bid to reach the last 16 of the Champions League.

Arsenal must beat Olympiacos by two goals in Greece on Tuesday night, or match or better the result from their previous meeting, to seal qualification from their group for the 16th consecutive season.

They will have to do so without several players, including their first-choice midfield pairing of Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla, but Giroud believes the Gunners now have a squad that can cope.

“We must have 40 percent of our team missing,” Giroud told L’Equipe. “But we have a more well-equipped squad than in previous years.

“The guys who have replaced them did the job at the weekend, like Jo [Campbell].

“We know that we have the quality to impose ourselves there.”

Defeats at Dinamo Zagreb and at home to Olympiakos in Arsenal’s first two group games are to blame for their precarious position, Giroud admits.

“It’s a group that was in our range and we put ourselves in difficulty by losing our first two matches,” he said.

“Now we have the chance to show our mental strength…we’ll have to be at 100 percent because 95 percent won’t be sufficient.”

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