Giroud has had a couple of chances to open his scoring account, but has failed to finish admitting that he has frozen up when he has gotten himself into good goal-scoring positions, namely the chances against Sunderland and Liverpool.
While the former Montpellier striker and Ligue 1 top-scorer has failed to find the net this season, the media have already begun to criticise the Frenchman and placed a huge burden on his shoulders by drawing ridiculous comparisons with Robin van Persie.
Giroud is quoted as saying by Sky Sport News:
I’ve been freezing up a little bit just when I’ve been about to pull trigger and that’s exactly what happened in my first few matches for France.
I’m not too worried about it, because I’ve been scoring in training and I feel pretty comfortable being a part of this team.
I just need to not think about things too much, so that I feel as relaxed as possible when the time comes to stick the ball in the net.
I really want to improve my English and speak fluently, without having to think about what I’m about to say.
Being at Arsenal will help me with my development, and with a manager like Arsene Wenger in charge, I’m definitely in good hands.
Only three games in, it is pretty clear some of the conclusions that the media have conjured up are definitely unwarranted.
This whole ordeal has a familiar feel to two Arsenal legends who started their careers at the Emirates in similar fashion with Thierry Henry taking eight matches to score and Dennis Bergkamp taking six.
I am in no way saying that Giroud will be as good as both of these accomplished players, but am saying that while some players may hit the ground running when coming into the Premier League, others need some time to adapt and then subsequently the goals will flow.
Talking of Henry and Bergkamp, you should know that both players opened their goal-scoring accounts for Arsenal against the same club, Southampton. Seems almost like fate that Arsenal are to face Southampton this weekend! Here’s hoping Giroud follows the trend!
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