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Olivier Giroud hails Petr Cech after Bayern Munich victory

Olivier Giroud says that Arsenal "have to thank Petr Cech" following their 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Olivier Giroud has praised the performance of Petr Cech following Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Cech produced a number of saves from Thiago Alacantara, Robert Lewandowski and Douglas Costa throughout the tie, before late goals from Giroud and Mesut Ozil gave the Gunners their first Group F points.

While heaping praise on Cech, substitute Giroud applauded his side's defensive performance across the 90 minutes.

"We did well until the goal and defended really well," Giroud told BT Sport after the final whistle.

"Bayern Munich will have the ball, they are very good in possession and they finish with 70% of the ball. They dominate the game but we knew that and we were able to finish it off.

"We needed this win to stay in the Champions League and try to qualify for the next stage. We have to thank Petr Cech too - he had a fantastic game."

Despite the victory at the Emirates Arsenal are still bottom of Group F, but they are now just three points behind early pace-setters Bayern and Olympiacos.

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Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud (R) celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez during the UEFA Champions League football match between Arsenal and Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium in London, on Octo
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