Saturday 17 February 2018

Giroud points to Henry's early woes as he vows to end goal drought

Jeremy Wilson

Olivier Giroud has reminded fans that it took Thierry Henry nine games to score his first Arsenal goal and promised that he will go from strength to strength in his bid to replace Robin van Persie once he opens his Premier League account.

Henry ultimately put his slow start behind him to become Arsenal's all-time record goalscorer and Giroud, who arrived from Montpellier for £11m, is confident that he will also eventually succeed in English football.

Giroud has now gone eight games in the Premier and Champions League without scoring, most recently in the 3-1 win against Olympiakos, but has at least impressed with his general play.

"I need some time to get confident and to keep going," said Giroud. "Thierry Henry, he scored only in his ninth game, so it is a good example. For strikers, it is quite difficult to adapt to the Premier League.

"When you score one, you take confidence and more trust. When you are a striker you need to score, but I am not worried. The boss trusts me and my team-mates too and our fans too. It is very important to me to feel the support, of people and my team-mates.

Giroud also admitted that Arsene Wenger had spoken directly with him about the burden of scoring his first Premier League goal. "He said sometimes I (would) feel under pressure a little bit, but not really now," said Giroud.

"I am not worried about the pressure. I think when I score my first goal in the Premier League it will be better and better. Don't worry about the future, the goals are coming."

One Arsenal player who did end a mini-goal drought on Wednesday was Aaron Ramsey, whose delightful injury-time finish was both his first of the season and first at the Emirates for well over a year.

Ramsey believes that he is now again delivering his full potential after recovering from the double leg fracture he suffered against Stoke City in February 2010.

"I had a really bad injury and it takes a while to get back to your best," said Ramsey.

"I'm feeling good, confident again and it's like I'm getting back to my old self and the form which got me here in the first place. Hopefully, this will knock me on again for the rest of the season. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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