Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud vows to improve after disappointing debut

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud insists he will will improve after an underwhelming debut against Sunderland on Saturday

Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud arrived at Arsenal from Montpellier earlier this summer Photo: Olivier Giroud / Twitter

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud has promised Arsenal supporters he will improve after his underwhelming debut against Sunderland on Saturday.

The France international squandered a great opportunity to score and secure three points for the Gunners when he fired wide from close-range late on after coming on as a second-half substitute.

Giroud insisted he also made a slow start to his Montpellier career before becoming a prolific goal scorer for the club – and he is confident he can do the same at the north London outfit.

“This could have been the dream start,” Giroud said. “But in Montpellier, I did not score for my first game, so I am not worried. Here, I will have plenty of chances and I will score.

“Last season was wonderful here for Robin [van Persie], but before that, he took time to settle. I am just asking people to be a little patient with me.

“I am not here to make people forget Robin, because he has made beautiful things here, but I just want to bring something new.

“However, I am under no more pressure than that, because if I think about that when I go onto the field, I will play with the handbrake on.

“I know Arsenal is a great club and needs a striker ready and efficient quickly. I need games to get confidence, and it is up to me to succeed.”

Arsene Wenger also backed Lukas Podolski to be a success at Arsenal, despite the German struggling to conjure any efforts on the Sunderland goal at The Emirates.

“I see him as a centre-forward, but he has some work to do, to change his game a little bit, make runs in behind to protect the ball and move around the box,” Wenger said.

“When you come from a wide position, it is not easy to do that, but he will get there. He is a fantastic finisher, but had no real opportunity.”

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