Giroud: I got an assist, the goals will come

| September 20, 2012 | 12 Comments

Arsenal’s new signing Olivier Giroud still remains optimistic that he will break his goalscoring duck soon after failing to net in his fourth start for the club.

The centre forward has had a poor showing in front of goal and to make it worse Arsenal’s other new signing Podolski contributing his third goal for the club in yesterday’s 2-1 victory against the Frenchman’s former club.

Last season he bagged the Ligue 1 golden boot, and while he has looked promising up top since his arrival he wants to add to the classy assist against Montpellier once he is fully match-fit and gain his rhythm.

He told

Look I didn’t get the goal which would have helped me and definitely kick-started my season, but I was decisive by providing an assist for Lukas Podolski,” he told reporters after Tuesday night’s win in the south of France.

I’m still lacking a bit of rhythm, so it’s hard to play 90 minutes. But I will be better, I have to keep playing big games.

We have a good team and the competition between the players is healthy.

We play a lot of games so I’m not worried. I will keep training hard but I remain confident.

It’s a real pleasure as we are winning – it’s really nice.

I tried to stay really focussed before the game. I didn’t wander about, I wanted to keep my mind on the pitch and I did that pretty well.

Tonight we got the win and I was really happy the supporters here were behind me.

Giroud netted an impressive 33 goals in 72 games for Montpellier during his two seasons with the Ligue 1 outfit and he was an integral member of the side that took the Ligue gong last season.

While the media have over hyped his lack of goals in the absence of He Who Must Not Be Named, Gooners can be rest assured that we have a quality striker in Giroud that will battle the likes of Podolski, Gervinho and Walcott for the centre forward role.

His physicality is welcomed, and his height is useful both in attack when he is able to control the long ball and lay it off to the midfield, and in defence on set pieces. He is hard working and doing his job well – bar the goals of course. The important thing is for the Gunners to win, and if they continue to do so and Giroud fails to break his goalscoring duck for awhile but bags assists who can complain?

What are your thoughts on the Frenchman? Are you happy with his contribution so far? He did not any decent chances against Montpellier to score, but he still provided that all important final pass for Podolski. Feel free to comment below or in allArsenal’s forum in Giroud’s thread.


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  • deanodoes

    No! He looks immobile and he gives the ball away cheaply, a poor signing by the looks of things. Hopefully I’m proved wrong.

  • http://google a.abaure

    he will score against MCFCOn sunday by the grace of God.

  • rotterdam gunner

    am not worried,Giroud is quality striker the goals wil come,only the media have over hyped his lack of goals trying to but too much prucher on hem,they want arsene & arsenal to Faile i dnt now why i think coz he wont spend like city and chelsky.

  • Nice

    Hes a great lad hardworking, no worry just try yr best. You will be rewarded. Everyone can see on the pitch who os giving their best.

  • saboo

    The guy is working hard which everybody can see it,I believe with time goals will come. Personally am not bordered whether u score or nt what I need is team work which u re Very much needed. Gunners till I die.

  • http://goonernews paul

    I thought he did ok the other night. He won a lot of balls in the air and his passing was ok. One goal and you will see him go from a team player to a goal scorer who wants the ball at every opportunity. For now he is playing a bit safe which is ok.
    I looked at his runs during the game and he is a little off the pace and reading of his team mates but that will come with games and in training.
    There is no criticsm from any arsenal fans.

  • JyBanky

    No doubt Giroud is a great influence in arsenal attack,very good on air and which he always win area battles and as well shows a good positioning that make a good striker. The press should stop overhype his critics and give him time to settle in the league. I believe he is going to be a bomb in the league due to his positioning the goals will come soon.

  • Charlie

    You have to be a fool to write him off because neither Bergkamp or Henry did any better when they first arrived. Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t much good when he first arrived at United either. It’s not a case of him being a poor performer in a bad team, the team has played well and he’s been involved in some good moves. Strikers shouldn’t just be judged on goals, especially when the team is winning.

  • timao

    Arshavin and Nasri both scored on debut i think, or early in their Arsenal careers anyway. Likewise Chamakh was great for first 12 games. and Bergkamp went 7 games without scoring. So i guess the point is that the jury is still out on Giroud, Cazorla and Podolski too.

  • http://arsenal peterrichard

    girour will be our best top striker

  • http://arsenal peterrichard

    giroud will be our best top striker

  • Abu

    He will make it but should break the jinx by first scoring through a penalty. He should practice taking penalties as some are comming over the weekend. Tired Man grabbers need to be beaten many goals though Nassir is injured but hopefully will see him . Kolo is no where to be seen as Clichy had turned to be hair curled so unfortunate as Ade be benched. Man G should stop stilling our players.

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