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    Olivier Giroud wants Arsenal to make up for their 2-0 Champions League defeat at home to Schalke in the return fixture on Tuesday.

    France international Giroud has struggled to make an impact for Arsenal so far in the English Premier League, scoring only once in 29 attempts following his off-season move from Montpellier.

    However, Giroud is confident the team's fortunes will soon improve if they stay true to the principles prized by manager Arsene Wenger.

    "We have to continue to play through the lines, to find the solutions and to keep confident about our qualities. That is what the boss has his finger on and wants us to do, to keep playing our football," Giroud told Arsenal Player.

    "Schalke may defend strongly and it might be difficult for us to break them down, but we must keep going and going, keep playing football and keep confident - we have to go forward. We are a team that always likes to play football, with quality passing and movement, so to just defend and not play is not Arsenal.

    Giroud said Arsenal will be determined to demonstrate their quality at the Veltins-Arena after being comprehensively outplayed when the two teams met at the Emirates Stadium.

    "We want to go to Germany with the idea of winning. We want to show our mental and technical qualities," he said.

    "We go to Germany confident. I know that Schalke will consider Arsenal as a good team, so although they won the first leg (sic), we know that they expect to play a hard game because we want to do better."

    "We must give credit to Schalke for their performance on the night, but now we know what we will be up against in Germany next week.

    "We know that we have to play very well in Germany to make sure we come back home to London with some points."



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