Arsene Wenger has admitted Olivier Giroud was struggling with the fact he’d yet to score for Arsenal ahead of last night’s Capital One Cup game against Coventry.
The £12m man had failed to hit the target until last night and although the boss said the pressure he put on himself was far greater than any put on him from elsewhere, he expected the striker to take the confidence the goal will bring into the games to come.
“It was in everybody’s mind that the sooner he gets it the better,” he said. “Certainly in his mind much more than in others’ minds. That is positive of course. It was a good finisher and he is a good finisher, Olivier.
“At the moment I believe he is looking for confidence again and that goal will help him. I expect him to take that confidence into the Premier League.”
Giroud’s clever, clipped finish to put Arsenal 1-0 up was a sign of his quality and hopefully the floodgates have now opened. And the manager was also full of praise for Theo Walcott who put his contract wrangles aside and scored twice, with the hint that he might be given a chance centrally.
“I am not against it, not at all. We will try. At the moment we have a big competition up front, we have a different formula and the team is doing well. His time will come for that and at the moment we have to be a bit patient. He is a great finisher now, Walcott, in front of goal he is absolutely amazing.”
While the Capital One Cup is, primarily, a chance to give youngsters a run out and some first team experience, it’s also a way to keep the fringes of the first team sharp and ready, and no doubt Wenger will be pleased that Giroud, Walcott and Andrei Arshavin all contributed to the victory.
A reportedly fine performance from Francis Coquelin will do him no harm, while Emmanuel Frimpong’s comeback gives the manager more options in midfield.
All in all a good night and many positives to take.