Arsene Wenger: 'Olivier Giroud confident of Arsenal goal against Red Star Belgrade'

Arsene Wenger: 'Olivier Giroud confident of Arsenal goal against Red Star Belgrade'

Wenger reverted to the patchwork approach he has taken to European team selections this season, Mathieu Debuchy playing for the first time in almost a year, while Mohamed Elneny featured alongside the Frenchman in a back three and Reiss Nelson, scorer of six goals in five Under-23 games this season, was deployed at wing-back.

In France, Mario Balotelli opened the scoring for Nice against Lazio but the Serie A side quickly turned the game on its head to win 3-1, with Felipe Caicedo levelling a minute after Balotelli's opener and Serbian Sergej Milinkovic-Savic striking twice in the second half.

With their hosts down to 10 men, Giroud hooked an 85th-minute strike over his head and into the far corner with a fine effort after some good work from Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott.

- Olivier Giroud has been directly involved in eight goals in his last eight starts in Europe for Arsenal (seven goals, one assist).

The character of Arsenal's players was questioned after they let slip a lead to lose 2-1 at Watford on Saturday, with Hornets striker Troy Deeney saying the Gunners lacked "cojones".

Walcott and Wilshere grew stronger later in the game. That's Giroud, he keeps belief when it's tough. What is remarkable is the spirit we have shown, fighting together.

"That's why he scores at moments you do not expect him to score".

This goal also comes on the 4 year anniversary of the famous Arsenal goal against Norwich also involving Wilshere and Giroud. Getting a point would have been an acceptable result, but Arsenal stole all three with this great team goal.

Arsenal left it late to get all three points and get their third win out of three in the Europa League group stages. You have to love that big handsome frenchman.

Progression from Group H now looks a certainty, with the Gunners sat five points clear in first place after three wins from as many matches.

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