Date: 9th October 2012 at 11:08am
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Arsenal`s French striker, Olivier Giroud bagged his first goal of the Premier League campaign at Upton Park on Saturday, sparking a quite beautiful comeback that saw The Gunners emerge victorious 3 goals to 1.

Giroud had previously spoken about his nerves in front of goal that caused him to freeze and fluff his lines on more than one occasion. However after breaking his duck in the league cup vs. Coventry, it didn`t take too much longer to get off the mark in the league (scoring his first league goal in less time than Thierry Henry).

Needless to say, the man was relieved.

“I`m very happy to have scored and that we won,” Giroud told Arsenal Player. “It was a difficult game against a very good team, who play well at home. We were better in the second half and [were able] to play through their lines. I think we finished the game better.”

“I feel relieved now. It was very important for me to score in the Premier League, to keep going and start my adventure here with Arsenal.”

“We had a bad one against Chelsea last week, it was important to go in front and to win [against West Ham].

“We`ll keep going and stay confident for the future. I think we have a very interesting role in this championship.”


I`d seen/heard small pockets of Arsenal fans saying that Giroud has become the new Chamakh, with one or two wondering if he should be sold. But that`s utter crap.

Forgetting the earlier stat that Olivier didn`t even take as long as the legendary Thierry Henry to register his first league goal, Giroud has been exemplary in the early stages of his Arsenal career.

In his short time in North London he has scored 2 goals and gained 4 assists, which makes him currently top of the assist charts, and when you consider this side has Santi Cazorla in it, it would be massively unfair to discredit Giroud`s work ethic and what he brings to the team.