Olivier Giroud has saluted the Arsenal fans for the support they offered the Gunners during a 2-1 FA Cup third round win away at Preston North End.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger named a strong side at Deepdale and Giroud was handed the task of spearheading Arsenal's attack against the Championship club.
But Arsenal were stunned after just seven minutes when Preston made no mistake, taking advantage of poor Gunners defending as Callum Robinson finished from close range.
It was almost 2-0, but Arsenal were let off the hook as Robinson saw his effort ruled out.
The visitors put their foot on the gas in the second half and drew level within just one minute of the restart through Aaron Ramsey.
Arsenal then sealed the deal with a minute of the game left as Giroud popped up with the winner, scoring his fourth goal in his last four games.
The Arsenal striker accepts his side did not start well, but believes they showed character to get back into the game in the second half.
Giroud told BT Sport: "We wanted to start the game better than the last one but they surprised us with their commitment.
"We were not in the game.
"We wanted to bounce back in the second half and show character. We did that.
"They put a lot of intensity in the game and all the team was beaten. It was not Arsenal."
The French hitman also took time to hail the travelling Arsenal supporters, who he dubbed "amazing".
"We are pleased with the amazing support of the fans."