Olivier Giroud has revealed that he was willing to take the penalty missed by Mikel Arteta late in Arsenal’s 3-3 Premier League draw with Fulham on Saturday, according to the
A successfully converted spot kick would have restored Arsenal’s lead after they went two goals in front, only to be pegged back and eventually surpassed by a resurgent Fulham. Giroud had previously opened the scoring and then pulled the Gunners level to leave himself on a hat-trick, but when Fulham were penalised for handball, it was Arteta who stepped up to take the penalty. The Spaniard’s effort was kept out with a low save from Mark Schwarzer.
Giroud said that he has been asked why he was not taking the taking penalty and claimed that Arsene Wenger had given the side a list of penalty takers pre-match, with Arteta’s name ahead of Giroud’s. The France international striker insisted that if asked, he would have taken the penalty.
He added: “It’s very difficult because Mikel was under pressure. In the last minute, it’s not very easy to shoot a penalty.”
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