Date: 3rd September 2012 at 1:49pm
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has thrown his weight behind new striker Olivier Giroud, after three goalless games for the Gunners thus far. It’s an insight into how scrutinising coverage is nowadays that three games into life in a new league is a sufficient sample size to indicate pressure on a new striker, but it’s a line being peddled.

After van Persie’s 37 goal season last year, Giroud and Podolski are coming under the microscope. Podolski and Cazorla opened their accounts in the 2-0 win at Anfield. Giroud has missed presentable chances against Sunderland and Liverpool, whilst an audacious injury time lob at the Britannia Stadium narrowly missed the target.

But Wenger has no misgivings about the summer acquisition from Montpellier. ‘I am confident about him,’ said Wenger.

‘Giroud is in an adaptation period. He has shown he is ready for a fight and I am sure he will adapt to the intensity of an English striker.

‘Against Skrtel he discovered what the Premier League is all about.’

In the past, Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie have all opened their Arsenal accounts against Southampton. Giroud will look to continue that trend in his next league match.