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Olivier Giroud Warns Arsenal Stars Not To Underestimate Middlesbrough

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is desperate for his side to avoid becoming another FA Cup shock…

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud believes that his side must be at their best in order to see off Championship leaders Middlesbrough this weekend, and avoid a shock similar to that suffered by Manchester City.

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Manuel Pellegrini’s side lost 2-0 to Borough last month, one of a number of shocks in the FA Cup’s fourth round. With Arsenal pursuing a second successive season lifting the famous trophy at Wembley, Giroud is determined to ensure that the Gunners don’t make the same mistake.

Giroud, who was quoted by the Daily Express, said: “If they are here it’s because they succeeded in beating a great team like City, so we need to be aware of that. We need to play our game straight away from the beginning and not let them take confidence.

“It will be a tough game, especially in the FA Cup. We know that even though a team is playing in an inferior division, they will really want to beat us at home, especially Arsenal.

“We are really cautious and we want to start the game on the front foot. Every game is a tough game in the FA Cup. It’s always a big fight.

“We have the spirit because we won it last year, we have more experience maybe and hopefully we will keep this trophy with us.”

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