Arsenal striker breaks goal duck - then targets title tilt
Arsenal news: Olivier Giroud backs Arsenal title challenge
Olivier Giroud believes Arsenal can play a ‘very interesting’ role in the Premier League title battle this season.
The Frenchman finally scored his first league goal of the season in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over West Ham on Saturday having gone six league goals without a goal since his £12 million summer switch from Montpellier.
Defeat against Chelsea at home little over a week ago means Arsenal sit a little off the pace of the Blues who sit atop of the Premier League with seven games gone, but Giroud believes there are plenty more twists and turns to come before the destination of the league trophy is decided.
"We will keep going and stay confident for the future. I think we have a very interesting role in this championship," Giroud told Arsenal Player.
Giroud has been forced to sit and watch in recent weeks while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger opted to deploy Gervinho in attack ahead of him, although he demonstrated his worth having started at Upton Park at the weekend.
The Arsenal forward insists he has not been surprised by his lack of goals so far, and says it was only a matter of him adjusting to a new league before he found the back of the net.
"I expected it to be difficult at first because the Premier League is a level higher and I have had to adapt," he said.
"It is nice to have scored my first goal, that 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?"
Meanwhile Lukas Podolski, another summer arrival at Arsenal who scored his first goal for the Gunners in their 2-0 win over Liverpool before the international break, believes Giroud can now play with more freedom having scored his first goal for the club.
"Everybody wants goals from strikers and it was not easy for Olivier," he said.
"You must wait for your chance, keep fighting and the goals will come."