Arsenal star Giroud reveals what De Gea said to him after he scored past him

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud says Manchester United's David de Gea helped give him inspiration.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed how Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea congratulated him after scoring past him earlier this season.

Speaking to, Giroud has been discussing his season so far, and has fond memories from an individual point of view of their defeat to United in the Premier League back in November - because it marked his comeback, and a goal.

Giroud's strike gave the Gunners hope in the 2-1 defeat, with a goal the much-hailed De Gea admitted he had no chance of stopping.

He said: "I come on, I am running everywhere and I hit that volley that goes straight into the top corner! David de Gea came to me after the game and told me: “Well done, there was nothing I could do!”

"It was nice although I would have rather us winning or drawing the game. I had so much energy in me. I needed something like that."

The Frenchman had been out for two-and-a-half months prior to the game with a broken bone in his foot, and since then he has flourished in domestic football and reclaimed his place as Arsenal's top choice striker.

Giroud scored at the weekend in a 3-0 win over West Ham, his 14th in all competitions this season. The striker went onto add that scoring against United was a milestone for him, acknowledging he had struggled for success against 'top five' teams, and has subsequently gone onto find the net against both Liverpool and Manchester City.

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