Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has indicated he will set himself a goals tally target for the rest of the season after bagging his first Premier League goal for the Gunners.
The France international has struggled to find the net in the early days of his Emirates Stadium career, only scoring against Coventry City in the Captial One Cup, but he broke his league duck in the 3-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday evening.
Arsene Wenger would have been delighted to have see the man he bought for £12million from Ligue 1 side Montpellier finally get the goal Arsenal fans had been willing him too, especially after missing a number of glorious, and crucial, chances in previous games.
Arsenal leapfrogged their opponents in the league following the victory, and Giroud said afterwards he would be setting himself a target for the rest of the campaign after finally getting on the scoresheet.
“Seeing the ball in the net is something I expected. I am now baptized and I hope there will be many more,” he said in an interview with Canal +.
“I expected it to be difficult at first because the Premier League is a level higher and I’ve had to adapt.
“Against Chelsea, I did the right thing, but [Petr] Cech did well and I was not far away; ‘close’ as they say here. It’s nice to have scored my first goal, which will give me a lot of confidence for the future.
“I feel good about this team and I am confident that I will score more goals. Why not a dozen like in my first season at Montpellier?”
Giroud will have to wait a bit before getting a chance to add to his tally, as Arsenal’s next game, away at Norwich City, is not for another two weeks due to the international break.