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Giroud brushes off uncertain Arsenal start

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Olivier Giroud missed a glorious chance against Sunderland © Getty Images
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Summer signing Olivier Giroud has reassured Arsenal fans that it will not be long before he finds his shooting boots.

Giroud made his move to the Emirates from French side Montpellier over the summer for a fee believed to be around £10 million, but his importance to the side increased after Robin van Persie, the club's scorer last season, departed for Manchester United.

Giroud was left on the bench by manager Arsene Wenger for the opening game of the season against Sunderland, but had the chance to make it a debut to remember after another new signing, Santi Cazorla, played him through on goal late in the game.

Unfortunately Giroud could only flash a shot wide as the game finished 0-0, but the Frenchman insisted there is no need to worry just yet.

"It was a game ball [a chance to win the game], but the coach told me that I had not to worry about it," said Giroud. "This could have been the dream start, but in Montpellier, I did not score for my first game, so I am not worried. Here, I will have plenty of chances and I will score."

Giroud hopes supporters give him some time to adjust to the pressures and demands of the Premier League - noting that, while Van Persie was in scintillating form last season, the Dutchman took a long time to adapt when he first came to north London.

"Last season was wonderful here for Robin, but before that, he took time to settle," Giroud said. "I am just asking people to be a little patient with me.

"I am not here to make people forget Robin, because he has made beautiful things here, but I just want to bring something new.

"However, I am under no more pressure than that, because if I think about that when I go onto the field, I will play with the handbrake on.

"I know Arsenal is a great club and needs a striker ready and efficient quickly. I need games to get confidence, and it is up to me to succeed."

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