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Giroud targeting early goal

Olivier Giroud reckons scoring early is the key to Arsenal's faint chances of coming back from the dead against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

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The France striker came off the bench in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie, missing a decent chance to make it 2-2 before Bayern ran out 3-1 winners.

That result leaves Arsenal needing to score at least three times at the Allianz Arena, and Giroud is not about to abandon hope.

"We need to score an early goal," he said. "In football you never know. We need to believe and stay focused, but we need to correct our bad defensive behaviour as well.

"I like to play against German teams because they are attacking all the time. There I get myself more possibilities to score. It will be an interesting game, for sure."

Arsenal are in danger of missing out on Europe's elite competition next season for the first time since 1997 and go into their final 10 Premier League games five points off fourth place.

Giroud said: "Of course we still want make it into the Champions League spots. We are confident, even though we recently lost the derby against Tottenham."

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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