Arsenal’s Giroud: I haven’t given myself the task of replacing RVP

Olivier Giroud insists he is not setting out to replace Robin van Persie at Arsenal and says fans must be patient while he settles in

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

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud insists he has not set out to fill the void left by Robin van Persie at Arsenal and admits he needs time to adapt to the Premier League.

The 25-year-old France international sealed a £13m move to the Emirates Stadium from Montpellier over the summer after netting 21 goals for the eventual Ligue 1 champions last season.

Giroud is yet to open his Gunners account despite having featured in all three of Arsenal’s league games this season.

But the striker knows he must be patient as he settles into life in north London and is determined to fight his way out of Van Persie’s shadow.

“Everywhere I’ve been, I’ve needed some time to adapt, but in the end it’s been really good,” Giroud told Le 10 Sport.

“I’m a level headed person who needs something to aim for to move forward, but I haven’t given myself the task of replacing Van Persie.

“I want to take my place, win over the Arsenal fans in my own way.”

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