Wenger reveals Arsenal striker is upset

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed summer signing Olivier Giroud is "upset" with his start to life at the Emirates Stadium, and his miss against Chelsea in particular.

The Frenchman is yet to score a goal in the Premier League since moving from Ligue 1 champions Montpellier and missed a great chance late on to equalise against Chelsea, although he did score in Arsenal's 6-1 victory over Coventry in the Capital Once Cup.

But, despite his league goal drought, Wenger is backing Giroud to come good this season.

"He's upset," said Wenger on London24. "I told him not to worry but you can say what you want to a striker who doesn't score, he doesn't really listen to you.

"He's still in what I consider an adaptation period because it's a different team and a different way of playing.

"There is 100 per cent commitment from the centre-backs here and we play against defenders that really go for it here.

"He will adapt. Once the first one goes in maybe the rest will happen as well."

The French international scored 21 goals for Montpellier last season, and was brought to Arsenal, along with Lukas Podolski, during the summer transfer window.

But the departure of the Gunners' top scorer, Robin Van Persie, has placed extra pressure on Giroud and the rest of the new Arsenal signings to find the back of the net.

Former-Malaga playmaker Santi Cazorla has quickly settled into life at the Emirates Stadium, and Podolski looks to be a shrewd addition also, so Wenger is hoping Giroud, after taking slightly longer than rest, settles down and finds his feet at Arsenal.

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