Olivier Giroud (pictured above looking gorgeous) insists he is ready to take his chance at Arsenal, but has again played down suggestions that he is a direct replacement for Robin van Persie.
The Frenchman made his debut as a second half substitute in the opening game of the season against Sunderland last weekend and was close to opening his Gunners account before a freakish bobble – possibly Uri Geller related – ruined his only clear cut chance. (Yeah, we know that’s not quite what happened…)
Unperturbed by his failure to become an instant Emirates hero, Giroud spoke confidently about his aims for the rest of the season.
“I am not here to replace Van Persie or to make people forget him,” he told The Sun.
“I am here to bring something different. I don’t have the pretension of saying I will replace him because I have every respect for him as he had an enormous season last year.
“I wish him good luck for the future but I need to bring what I can bring without being pretentious to say I am here to replace him. That would be very bad.
“I feel ready. Absolutely ready to assume the responsibility and make people say ‘yes, we have Olivier’. That’s how it is. If I didn’t think that I would never get my chance. If you sign for a big club it’s to replace another striker who leaves or you come and sit on the bench and wait for some game-time or wait until a striker is less efficient, needs a breather or is injured.
“Unfortunately that’s how it is football. Now I have a chance as Robin left. So I will get more time to play and I need to assume the responsibility. In fact, I must.
“Because that is my chance and I have to take it. The ball is in my court and the show must go on.”
The French international, who (as far as Arseblog News is concerned) has made a fine start to his career at the Emirates by being much better looking than the grey-haired Dutch traitor, also reasserted his belief that forging a strong bond on the training ground can help the Gunners push for the title.
“For us to fight for the title we need to have the spirit of a group. It could seem banal but it is important.
“It’s what makes the essence of the team, the solidarity and unity of the group. We all have to be going in the same direction.
“I watched the Premier League a lot. Arsenal are capable of playing great matches but, on the other hand, some games can pass them by. We must gain in consistency.”
Set to dovetail with Lukas Podolski, Giroud also had lovely things to say about his German teammate even taking the time to throw in a fancy word which most footballers would be forced to look up in the dictionary.
“I hope our relationship off the pitch will be transferred on it. He feels the game. He is an altruist and has found the same in me.”
Arseblog News is certainly impressed with Giroud’s way with words and is quite certain that supporters will have no problem hollering, “Yes, we have Olivier” (possibly at inopportune moments) for years to come.