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Giroud desperate to end goal drought

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud is refusing to let the ghost of Robin van Persie haunt him as he hunts for his first goal for the club.

olivier-giroud-homeAnd he took a cheeky swipe at the departed Dutchman, saying: "I'm coming in after someone who scored 30 goals last season, but who took eight years to reach that level... albeit while dealing with various injuries along the way."

And he added: "People seem to think it's something that weighs on me, but I know that the manager has confidence in me. He could easily have brought in another forward when Robin left, but he didn't.

"The fact that people have put their trust in me creates the best possible conditions for me to develop and score goals. I've even set myself a little target in terms of the number of goals I'm going to get, but I'll keep that to myself.

"I feel that I have less time to establish myself and that there are more immediate expectations of me. That's how it works, that's what the demands of top-level football are all about - you have to accept it and remain strong."

Giroud is 5.00 to open the scoring for the Gunners against Southampton on Saturday. It is a game that Arsenal are 7.50 to win 2-0 while a 1-1 draw is available at 9.50.

Giroud admits that he has been freezing in front of goal during his early appearances for Arsene Wenger's side and that it's something he intends to put right.

He added: "I've been freezing up a little bit just when I've been about to pull the trigger, and that's exactly what happened in my first few matches for France.

"I'm not too worried about it, because I've been scoring in training and I feel pretty comfortable being a part of this team. I just need to not think about things too much, so that I feel as relaxed as possible when the time comes to stick the ball in the net."

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