Giroud: Arsenal cannot underestimate Boro

The Championship side defeated Manchester City in the last round and the Frenchman believes the Gunners must be alert if they are to prevail

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has warned his team-mates that they will pay dearly if they underestimate Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday.

Aitor Karanka’s men defeated Premier League champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium to set up their clash with the Gunners, with goals from Patrick Bamford and Kike enough to earn a shock 2-0 victory.

And Giroud believes the Gunners must upset Boro’s rhythm early on if they are to beat another Championship outfit in their bid to defend their trophy – having defeated Brighton and Hove Albion 3-2 at the Amex Stadium last time out.

“If they are here it’s because they succeeded in beating a great team like City, so we need to be aware of that,” he told Arsenal Player.

“We need to play our game straight away from the beginning and not let them take confidence. Every game is a tough game in the FA Cup – it’s always a big fight.

“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 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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