Olivier Giroud has defended his crucial miss in Arsenal's 2-1 defeat against Chelsea – and says he will start scoring goals on a regular basis for his new club soon.
Giroud has scored just once, in the Capital One cup against Coventry, since his £12 million summer move from Montpellier, and has recently dropped down the pecking order behind Gervinho, who has started up front for the Gunners in their last three league games.
The Frenchman had an excellent chance to break his league duck and secure Arsenal a point late on against Chelsea at the Emirates on Saturday but fluffed his lines, much to the frustration of his manager, Arsene Wenger.
Now Giroud has spoken out about that crucial chance, and insists he made the right choice in trying to take the ball around Chelsea keeper instead of taking on the shot first time.
“It was a good pass from Alex and I think that I needed to go round the keeper as he came out quickly,” Giroud told reporters.
“If I chipped the ball, the defender could have saved it. So I think I made the right call.”
The 26-year-old, who was Ligue 1’s leading scorer last term, also says he is not too disheartened about his stuttering start to life in the Premier League, and believes he will start finding the back of the net soon.
“I scored in midweek [against Coventry] and it was really good for me to score. And I will keep working hard to score goals.”