Arsenal EPL News: Olivier Giroud Is Under Pressure, Says Arsene Wenger

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IISeptember 17, 2012

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17:  Olivier Giroud of Arsenal arrives during a training session at London Colney on September 17, 2012 in St Albans, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla were supposed to usher in a new attacking style and dominance at Arsenal this year in the English Premier League.

The latter of the two have done exactly that, but Giroud, not so much.

After making a successful transfer from Montpellier over the summer transfer window, Giroud is yet to find his feet in the English competition through his opening four matches and is yet to find his name on the scoresheet either. 

Giroud's lack of goals is starting to become of concern for many involved. Furthermore, following the North London club and whilst the new season is only four games old and there is still plenty of time for him to find his goal-scoring dominance from last year, the French international is clearly a man under a great deal of pressure to find the back of the net.

Manager Arsene Wenger seems to think so, stating via The Daily Mail that the pressure on Giroud is starting to rise and that this could affect his managerial tactics.

I felt that [Olivier Giroud] is under much pressure at the moment and sometimes to get a little breather is good. What I will do on Tuesday [when Arsenal travel to Montpellier in the Champions League] I honestly don't know. I just felt that the time has come for him to not be under too much pressure...

Playing for Montpellier in Ligue 1 last season, Giroud had a superb year—netting 21 goals and nine assists through 36 appearances—and was instrumental in winning the French domestic league title for the club. The English Premier League was always going to be a tough change to make and so far, Giroud has failed to adjust to his new football environment at the Emirates.

With Cazorla and Podolski dominating the attack for the Gunners so far this year, and the likes of Gervinho coming to life in their recent 6-1 drubbing of Southampton, Arsene Wenger does have enough attacking options available to him that he could indeed leave Giroud sitting on the bench again for their Champions League opener against Montpellier this Tuesday.

Obviously that would not be ideal for the Frenchman or the club as a whole, but if that's what it will take for the team to pick up the victory, then you can guarantee that it is a move Wenger will be willing to make this season.

The pressure on Giroud is therefore quite high—he knows he must perform or simply be written off as "another Chamakh" and a transfer signing that never delivered on his potential. And in the near future, he knows that if the goals do not start coming, he will receive less and less attention and opportunities from Wenger throughout the season.

The striker was quoted via Club Call as saying that the goals are not that far away for him and that his confidence is still high despite his slow start to the year. 

Perhaps Tuesday's encounter against his former club provides the perfect setting for Giroud to get his goal-scoring underway this year. 


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