Under-fire Arsenal striker begs for more time

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has insisted he will hit top form at the Emirates Stadium after a slow start to his career in north London.

The French international has just one goal in an Arsenal shirt, and that came in the 6-1 demolition of League 1 Coventry in the Capital One Cup.

But Giroud has drawn on the experience of another Frenchman who took a while to settle at Arsenal, before going on to become a club legend.

"I need some time to get confident and to keep going," Giroud told The Sun. "Thierry Henry scored only in his ninth game, so it is a good example."

The former-Montpellier striker arrived in the summer, and following the departure of Robin Van Persie, has emerged as the Gunners one out-and-out striker.

Gervinho has played through the middle with some success in recent weeks, as has Lukas Podolski, but the Gunners will surely hope Giroud finds his best form.

Giroud continues: "For strikers it is quite difficult to adapt to the Premier League, so it is always close to scoring the goals, so I continue to keep confident.

"I don't feel pressure. I think we are on a good run, although we lost against Chelsea. But I am confident. Don't worry about the future, the goals are coming."

Arsenal lost 2-1 at home to Chelsea, their first defeat of the Premier League season.

Arsene Wenger's side travel across London to face West Ham on Saturday in the evening kick-off, looking to maintain their solid form away from home.

The Gunners have only conceded one goal on their travels so far, during their 1-1 away trip to Manchester City last weekend.

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