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Wenger Confident On Giroud

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has thrown his weight behind new striker Olivier Giroud, after three goalless games for the Gunners thus far. It's an insight into how scrutinising coverage is nowadays that three games into life in a new league is a sufficient sample size to indicate pressure on a new striker, but it's a line being peddled.

After van Persie's 37 goal season last year, Giroud and Podolski are coming under the microscope. Podolski and Cazorla opened their accounts in the 2-0 win at Anfield. Giroud has missed presentable chances against Sunderland and Liverpool, whilst an audacious injury time lob at the Britannia Stadium narrowly missed the target.

But Wenger has no misgivings about the summer acquisition from Montpellier. 'I am confident about him,' said Wenger.

'Giroud is in an adaptation period. He has shown he is ready for a fight and I am sure he will adapt to the intensity of an English striker.

'Against Skrtel he discovered what the Premier League is all about.'

In the past, Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie have all opened their Arsenal accounts against Southampton. Giroud will look to continue that trend in his next league match.




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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 3 2012

Time: 1:48PM

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It took Bergkamp and Henry 6 and 7 games to open their accounts. If Giroud gets into the double figures this season I will be very happy as there are now more players to share the goalscoring burden. Giroud also has a presence up front that troubles the CD's and pulls them out of position as he did with Podolsky's goal. The fact that some fans are already writing him off just goes to show how naive some people are, oliver will start scoring and when he does we will already have much better goalscoring options than last season. As a matter of fact we are no longer a 1 man team....Manure is :)
Armory
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03/09/2012 14:39:00

To me, he doesn't play like an arsenal player. He is close to Andy Carroll with his style. He looks awkward in his running and very similar to ChamaKh's running. I hope he changes my opinion on him SOON.
Arseniger
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03/09/2012 14:44:00

I thought Didier Drogba was awkward too, when I first saw him play.
Naijagunner
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03/09/2012 14:48:00

Ridiculous, he looks like a decent handful to me, and a real grafter, which is alwas a winner. Keep it up son.
shewore
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03/09/2012 16:15:00

I agree with SW. We've had a tough couple of games and he's handled himself really well. A tough physical striker. He'll get himself into position by guile or brute force. He's already shown he knows how to make a run, just needs to find his shooting boots. I'm happy with what he's done so far .... the goals will come.
Rocky7
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03/09/2012 16:38:00

I had a dream last night that he scored his first goal for us against none other than Montpellier. Ironic hey? But Rocky is right, he hasn't scored any goals but seems to be getting little credit for what he is doing off the ball i.e. his positioning, getting into the right areas and being able to read what his teammates are thinking. Was a little disappointed that he didn't score yesterday with the first effort and then the headed chance which he got wrong although it was coming at him quite quick, but be patient and give him time. He will come good.
Ned Stark
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03/09/2012 17:22:00

A player at a new club in a new country in a league that plays at a higher level than the one he left and yet he still hasn't scored after three matches? Shocking, has such a poor streak of form ever happened before? Now that we have scored a couple of goals, against the darlings from Liverpool no less, I guess the media needs something to harp on. When he scores his first, then what? They will be circling like vultures and pounce when we concede a goal and suggest that the defensive formation is falling apart.
elbondo
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03/09/2012 20:05:00

Not too worried about Giroud, give him about 10-15 games before we can properly judge him. There are some positive signs about his all-round play early on, so that's good enough for me.
prits
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03/09/2012 20:34:00

I enjoyed watching our match tremendously, but watching Rvp made me wonder what would have been, if the bloody git had loved us enough to have waited and believed in the dream that is the team now evolving at the Groove. I say all this because I am thrilled at the thought of what Giroud represents once he has bedded into the side. Giroud is a different type of player to Rvp, I would go as far as to say that he played with. The sort of movement better associated with Rvp. He will score goals. He is more physical than Rvp, and he has the capacity as already argued by Rocky, to anticipate his team mate's pass, take a look at how he got into position for the missed opportunity off Diaby's pass, and his missed chance against Sunderland in his debut match. Arseniger, I'm not sure how you can fail to see the flaw in your argument as it relates to his movements, absolutely nothing awkward about his movements.
deledudu
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03/09/2012 20:44:00

Giroud looks to me to be an intelligent player who has an awareness that can only bode well. The way he is able to pull defenders all over the place will be an asset, in addition to his physicality which was on display against Stoke city; Skrtl and Agger are not the easiest of defenders to play against yet he held his own when he had to. That fellow will score goals with his feet and head; when we start to get in enough crosses at the right height, there is no telling just how prolific he can become. We need to give him time.
Naijagunner
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04/09/2012 04:42:00

He has potential and one chance will go in and then what the goals pile up after christmas
LeFondle18
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04/09/2012 11:06:00

Lets cut him some slack. Oliver is an excellent player and I'm really pleased with his positioning. Ok he's missed a few sitters but he hasn't gotten many. Against Sunderland, it was that one chance towards the end of the match. Against Pool, twas just that one chance. Lets give him time.
Guyfox
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04/09/2012 12:25:00

He looks good. His settings just need fine tuning.
Professor Calculus
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04/09/2012 18:50:00

I just hate the media. Its like with AVB already the amount of knives out for him are ridiculous and so unfair. He hasnt made a mistake yet yet they are slating him to the hill. To me Giroud looks pretty decent, certainly better than Bendtner/Chamakh. Hes made good runs and just poor finishing has cost him.
HuddersfieldYiddo
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05/09/2012 10:16:00

Here's to him banging in a hat-trick on his debut in the north London derby!!
deledudu
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05/09/2012 22:27:00

The sheep like masses will only be happy when he scores goals. if he doesn't score goals he is crap. After 3 games he's crap, apparently. His work rate, constant running. physical presence, and intelligent movement don't count......
Scotch Eggs Rule
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06/09/2012 11:17:00

If anyone can mould him to be a better finisher Arsene can, just wait and see
phreddy
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06/09/2012 11:56:00

 

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