Posted on Fri 20 Oct 2017, 08:20 AM

Olivier Giroud said Arsenal "owe" their Europa League victory to goalkeeper Petr Cech more than his own spectacular goal in the 1-0 win at Red Star Belgrade on Thursday.

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.

But Arsenal needed Cech to keep the game goalless to that point, as the goalkeeper denied Nemanja Radonjic in both halves as well as a header from Nenad Krsticic -- earning praise from goal scorer Giroud.

"We owe him maybe the win today because he has been amazing two or three times," Giroud said of Cech. "We know he has this quality and he was a great goalkeeper tonight."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also had kind words for his goalkeeper.

"Of course its important to have a good goalkeeper in these kinds of games," the manager said. "He came out very quickly on counter-attacks and sometimes when we lost the ball in unexpected ways it was dangerous, and Petr Cech kept us in the game."

And Wenger said Giroud informed him during the game that the goal would come.

"At one stage he came to the touchline and told me we will score," Wenger said of Giroud. "Certainly he knew more than I did, but that's Giroud, he keeps belief when it's tough. That's why maybe he scores at moments you do not expect him to score."



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