Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud: First goal has taken the pressure off me

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud believes his first Gunners goal will be the start of a "beautiful adventure" for him in north London

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

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud believes his first Arsenal goal has relieved some of the pressure on the France striker following his mixed start to the season.

The 25-year-old netted his first strike of 2012-13 against Coventry City in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday after firing blanks on his six previous appearances following his move from Montpellier this summer.

Giroud, who netted 25 goals for his former club last season, admits there is no better way to boost a striker’s confidence than to start finding the net again.

And the France international hopes his first Gunners goal, a neat dink over Coventry goalkeeper Joe Murphy, will mark the start of a “beautiful adventure” for him in north London.

“This goal has taken the pressure off me. It’s done, I have my first goal. But it has to be the start of a beautiful adventure,” Giroud, who also missed a penalty in the 6-1 drubbing of Coventry, told Arsenal’s website.

“Even unconsciously I was thinking about this first goal. I tried not to think about it but my family, friends and a lot of people were talking to me about it.

“For a striker, it’s always good to find the net again. I have an assist already this season but it’s not like a goal. For a striker, it’s important for the confidence. I hope many more will follow.

“I want to play week in, week out, find my rhythm and keep scoring. I am convinced that with some perseverance, it will come.”

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