Arsenal 6 Coventry 1: Wenger backs Giroud to improve after first goal
Arsenal 6 Coventry 1: Arsene Wenger is hoping Olivier Giroud's first Gunners goal will help him improve his form
Arsene Wenger backed Olivier Giroud to improve his Premier League form after the France striker netted his first Arsenal goal in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup thrashing of Coventry.
The Gunners new-boy confidently dinked his finish over Joe Murphy in the 39th minute to put Arsenal ahead after a lacklustre first half from both sides.
Giroud missed a penalty soon after the break but a long-range Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain strike made it 2-0, before Andrey Arshavin added a third.
Theo Walcott’s neat finish put Wenger’s men 4-0 up, with the visitors grabbing a consolation as Callum Ball turned the ball home from close range.
But Ignasi Miquel’s header and Walcott’s second of the night capped a comfortable win for Wenger’s men.
And the Arsenal boss is hoping Giroud will take confidence from netting his first Gunners goal.
“It was in everybody’s mind that the sooner he gets it [his first goal] the better,” said Wenger. “Certainly in his mind much more than in others’ minds.
“That is positive of course. It was a good finish and he is a good finisher, Olivier.
“At the moment I believe he is looking for confidence again and that goal will help him. I expect him to take that confidence into the Premier League.”
Wenger’s men will travel to Reading in the fourth round – and the Gunners boss was largely pleased with his side’s display against Coventry, despite a slow start.
“I think we did our job,” he said. “In the first half we were tested, defensively mainly. In the second half our offensive potential made the difference when they tired a little bit.
“From then on of course you had Arshavin, Walcott, Chamberlain and Giroud, who were always a threat. That made the difference, the difference of quality made a big impact on the result in the end.
“But you have to respect Coventry because they gave a lot, they never gave up and they did fight for every single ball from the first to the last minute.
“When they got tired it became easier for us. It was a classical tie when you need to be serious, and we were serious.”