Olivier Giroud became only the 19th player to reach 100 goals for Arsenal when he coolly converted a 49th-minute penalty in Thursday's 4-2 win at BATE Borisov.

For a goals journey that started exactly five years ago, this must be a perfect timing for the French striker.

He was understandably delighted after reaching the milestone.

"Yes, I’m very proud of that," Giroud said. "It’s been a few weeks.

"To be honest with you I was expecting this goal, but sometimes you shoot without looking at the goal and it goes in, while sometimes you are struggling a little more with bad luck or misfortune.

"I’m glad and I’m happy for myself and hopefully more will come."

Perhaps aligning himself in the history of Arsenal alongside the likes of Theirry henry, Ian Wright, Cliff Bastin and others was the “unfinished business” for which he refused to leave Arsenal in the summer.

Talk of his exit was rife after the signing of Alexandre Lacazette.

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