Quite frankly, the pressure that Oliver Giroud is under and the abuse that he has taken from some fans (Gooners or not) is disgusting.
Yes we can expect him to score goals, yes we can expect him to create goals as well but the guy hasn’t even started three games yet.
After finishing last year as the top scorer in a championship-winning Ligue 1 campaign with Montpellier, the Frenchman was brought in by Arsene Wenger for a decent price of £13m with the expectation of taking the goal burden off Robin van Persie.
However, since the departure of the Dutchman, Giroud has found himself under intense pressure to be the man to replicate the goal-scoring brilliance of RVP from last year; not an easy feat.
But it is clear that the big man has goals in him, you can tell that from the way he makes brilliant runs and gets himself into the positions necessary.
Giroud probably should have scored against Liverpool, and definitely should have found the back of the net against Sunderland on the opening day, but the goals will come.
Too many people are expecting the man to turn up and be the new Van Persie, something that he is fully aware of:
“Everywhere I’ve been, I’ve needed some time to adapt, but in the end it’s been really good,” he told Le 10 Sport.
“I’m a level headed person who needs something to aim for to move forward, but I haven’t given myself the task of replacing Van Persie.”
“I want to take my place, win over the Arsenal fans in my own way.”
For me, Oli is quite right in what he is saying. He shouldn’t want to be the next Robin van Persie, he should want to make his own mark on the club.
I’m convinced that he will find his feet soon enough, and he won’t have been the first striker to have to wait a while for his first goal for the Gunners.
Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry all waited patiently before netting for the first time in an Arsenal against Southampton.
Yes that’s right, all three of them scored their first goals against the Saints.
Now can someone please remind me of who are next game is against?