Skipper backs struggling striker to come good

Usually Arsenal are know for scoring goals for fun and also conceding goals for fun as well, not this year mind. The gunners are yet to concede a goal in their opening three games with two of them being away against tricky opponents, Stoke and Liverpool.

However, they have only scored two in the opening games as well and a lot of pressure has been put on new striker, Olivier Giroud, to score goals to replace last years hit-man, Robin Van Persie. Giroud has failed to hit the net for Arsenal so far and has also had two clear cut chances in games against Sunderland and Liverpool, but club captain, Thomas Vermaelen, is positive that the Frenchman will come good soon and fire in the goals for the North London side.

Speaking to the club website, the skipper said: ‘I’m convinced Olivier will be off the mark soon. It’s not as if he has had an easy start – he didn’t get much time against Sunderland, and then played in two tough away games.

‘He won a lot of duels in those matches, and it’s a vital quality when you’re away from home – if we don’t see a solution, we can sometimes play a longer ball to him in the knowledge that he works hard and is strong in the air. 

‘He’s made some good runs and has been a bit unfortunate not to score so far, but he’s got into the positions so I’m not worried about him at all. The goals will come.’


The £12m summer signing will be looking to secure his first goal for his new club this weekend when they play new-boys, Southampton at the Emirates Stadium. A bit of history that can give Giroud some hope is that; Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Robin Van Persie all scored their first goals for Arsenal against……Southampton.


Alex William Batt

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