Olivier Giroud: Arsenal Striker Says the Goals Are Coming

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIOctober 4, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26:  Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates scoring their first goal during the Capital One Cup third round  match between Arsenal and Coventry City at Emirates Stadium on September 26, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud insists that he isn't at all worried by the lack of goals he has scored this season, with the 26-year-old French international adamant that the goals will come soon for the North London club.

Giroud, who made a move from Montpellier to Arsenal over the summer transfer window, has only netted one goal so far this season and has yet to score a Premier League goal—much to the growing frustration of fans and followers.

And after spectacularly missing a clear opportunity against Chelsea last weekend, the pressure on Giroud continues to rise—something that he is well aware of but not concerned with, telling the Gunners official website that he will start to hit the back of the net on a regular basis very soon.

I try [to score]. I try all I can. Sometimes you need to keep the faith, to keep going. When you are a striker, sometimes it's difficult. I don't know why, but I do try to do the right thing. I think I'm a little unlucky.

I'll keep going and continue to work hard in training.

People say to me, "the goal is coming soon, don't worry, we trust you" and it's very important for me to feel the support of people and my team-mates.

We are a good team. We are confident for the future and I am confident. I don't worry about the future—the goals are coming soon...

Leading Montpellier to a surprise victory in the Ligue 1 tournament, Giroud netted 21 goals and 12 assists through his 36 appearances, and many were assuming that he would bring the same kind of goal-scoring presence to the Gunners' attack this year.

With the departure of Robin van Persie, Giroud was seen as a ready-made replacement for the Dutch international, and whilst the goals haven't yet come for the Frenchman, it is clear that the 26-year-old will terrorize Premier League defenses when he finally gets going.

When Giroud is in the box, defenders simply do not know what to do with him; he is talented on both feet and brings an aerial presence to Arsenal's attack. He is able to beat a man one-on-one, and he can finish from anywhere on the pitch on whatever side is necessary—making him very hard to guard against.

That, when he finally gets his reward in the form of goals scored, will make him a very potent striker in both the Gunners' attack and also in the entire English Premier League.

Giroud is just one player on a long list of names who haven't yet grabbed themselves a Premier League goal this season; perhaps this weekend is the week it all changes.

But even if it doesn't, let's not worry too much.

The goals are coming.


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