Before Olivier Giroud scored his first Premier League goal for Arsenal against West Ham, the striker said he was "not worried about the pressure" caused by his lack of scoring. The "pressure" had to be enormous for him, but most of the Arsenal fans I keep in touch with knew he would come around eventually.
Giroud pointed this out when he was asked if he would score, before the West Ham match, he said, "People say to me: 'The goal is coming soon, don't worry, we trust you!' It is very important for me to feel the support of people and my teammates too, so I think we are good."
He said he thought losing to Chelsea was an "accident." Chelsea is the best club in the Premier League this season, so far. Losing to a squad as talented and good as Chelsea doesn't seem like it would be a mere "accident." Chelsea had the better club on the pitch that day; it doesn't mean the Gunners can't beat them when they face them again in January. Giroud did miss a last chance goal versus Chelsea, but the Gunners weren't defeated because of Giroud's mere miss, it was a collection of plays.
Giroud, when he finally scored against West Ham, finally found his rhythm, and sometimes that's all it takes for some players. And Giroud had to wait for his turn to get a chance with Gervinho and Lukas Podolski, who are doing a large portion of the scoring. Having that many teammates, throw in Santi Cazorla, that can score at the drop of a hat is really a situation Giroud can't complain about, especially when you have such a talented and deep bench to come in for substitutions.
Later in the season, when Jack Wilshere returns, the chances for Giroud to score will become even more elusive than it has been.
Giroud cited an interesting case from Arsenal's past about his mini slump; he said that Thierry Henry only scored his first goal in his ninth game. I'm sure Arsene Wenger told him that during his tough stretch. It sounds like something the Arsenal manager would tell the young striker to lift his confidence.
When Giroud scored against Coventry in the League Cup, I knew he would eventually produce a goal in Premier League play. Now, can he go on a scoring streak?
David has been an Arsenal fan for nearly a decade.
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