Giroud ready for 'beautiful adventure' after finally breaking Arsenal duck
10:09 GMT, 28 September 2012
Olivier Giroud claims he is back in business after scoring his first goal for Arsenal in the week against Coventry.
The 11million France international struck in the Gunners' 6-1 Capital One Cup victory and is ready to kick-on from there.
It took 354 minutes for the man who arrived from Montpellier to find the net but finally doing so has set him free.
Magic moment: Olivier Giroud scores his first goal for Arsenal
The striker said: 'The feeling is a lot of happiness and relief after this goal which I have been chasing for a long time. For a striker, it’s always good to rediscover the road to the net.
'I had already given a decisive pass for the team before but it’s not a goal. For a striker it’s important for the confidence. I hope there will be many more.
'The fact I hadn’t scored played in my head. You shouldn’t think about it but those close to me, friends, many people talk to you about it.
'The goal will come soon – they kept telling me. I took it positively with a smile, the need and the determination to get there.
'It lifts the weight off my shoulders, absolutely. That’s it now I got the first one.
'This must be the beginning of a beautiful adventure.
'I felt well physically. I wanted to play the whole match but the coach rotated the team. I need to put a string of games together, find my rhythm and continue to score. I am convinced that if I persevere it will come.'
He added: 'Now I need to continue. This is only the beginning.
'Yes, the timing was great as it came just before Chelsea which is a very important game and it gives me confidence. The team also gained a lot of confidence with this victory.
'There were many changes, so certain players could rest for the match against Chelsea.
Double up Giroud missed his chance to bag a brace
'What’s good is when players who play less are called up they live up to expectations. Now we will think about the League. There is a great match ahead and I hope it will go our way.
'There is a lot of serenity in this team. We don’t get carried away. We know this is just the start and that everything goes quickly. We are still unbeaten and that’s very good.'
He also missed a penalty in the match but refused to blame two pitch invaders who ran on beforehand and says it will not impact on his confidence.
Giroud explained: 'I have a habit of putting penalties in that spot. What happened (the streakers) didn’t perturb me. I stayed calm but the keeper went that way early and I should have had a glance at him and changed sides. I will have to work on my pens.
Moving on: Giroud will not let his confidence be affected
'I have a tendency often to shoot in the same way. The keeper read my run up well. I will have to work on that.
'I didn’t drop my performance after that though and I made an assist just after – it’s important for me to help others score and be part of the collective.
'Yes, I saw the streakers. It was [going on] for a long time and we had to wait. But it didn’t disturb me.
'Really, it was the keeper who saved my penalty. In France, this kind of thing doesn’t exist because they have barriers [to stop pitch invasions]. But it’s funny.'