Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that his team controlled the game as they beat Newcastle United 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
A happy Wenger told BBC Sport: "We had the dynamic that we wanted to have. Scoring early helped because we knew Newcastle had slow starts as well but are very strong in the second half.
"I think the crowd was behind the team, at some stage a little bit edgy, but overall I think we controlled the game quite well."
Wenger singled out French striker Giroud for praise, admitting that he is not 100% fit after the broken leg which he suffered in August.