While he may not have scored at the Britannia Stadium, Olivier Giroud claims he felt good during his full Premier League debut against Stoke City and insists that Arsenal can take positives despite a second successive goalless draw.
The French international cut something of a frustrated figure in the first half as he came to terms with the physicality of Tony Pulis’ orcs and the cut and thrust of life in England.
However, always eager to challenge for the ball, he continued to work himself into decent positions in the second 45 minutes and showed flashes of the form that saw him earn plaudits in Ligue 1 last season.
Nearly winning the game in the last minute with an audacious long-range effort, the 25-year-old admitted that it was an attempt tried in hope after he failed to spot teammate Aaron Ramsey charging through midfield.
“I hoped it would go in,” admitted Giroud to Arsenal.com after the match.
“I saw the keeper off his line and I did not see Aaron [in the middle] for a cross. So I tried to take my chance.
“[It means] we have to wait for our [first] victory. But it is coming soon. We played well and had some good situations in front of goal. We just have to score now – me too.
“But I gave it all today. It was a hard game against a big team. But I felt good in the game and we missed one little thing – a goal.
“But there are a lot of good players here at Arsenal. It is easy to play with them. We need a little more time to come together.”
Arsenal face a tricky encounter with Liverpool away on Sunday before hosting Southampton at the Emirates on 15 September.
If Giroud, and fellow new boys Cazorla and Podolski, don’t score against the Reds then you can be sure they will against the Saints…after all Wright, Bergkamp, Henry and Robin van Persie all opened their League accounts against the South Coast side. Omens people. Omens.