Olivier Giroud says he’s pleased to have bagged his first Premier League goal and hinted that he’s set himself a target of twelve goals for the season.
The French international led the fightback against West Ham United with a clinical first half volley from inside the six yard box and a late assist for Theo Walcott to cap off his best performance in an Arsenal shirt so far.
Speaking after the game Giroud told Canal + that he was pleased to have broken his duck, while outlining his desire to match the goal tally he achieved in his first year at former club Montpellier.
“Seeing the ball in the net is something I expected. I am now baptized and I hope there will be many more.
“I expected it to be difficult at first because the Premier League is a level higher and I’ve had to adapt.
“Against Chelsea, I did the right thing, but [Petr] Cech did well and I was not far away; ‘close’ as they say here. It’s nice to have scored my first goal, that will give me a lot of confidence for the future.
“I feel good about this team and I am confident that I will score more goals. Why not a dozen like in my first season at Montpellier?”
While twelve goals may sound a conservative total for a striker at Arsenal, the way the attacking duties are being shared around the team at the moment suggests that several others will also be looking to match such a feat. Of course, if Giroud continues to muscle his way around the pitch like he did at Upton Park there’s a good chance he could score even more.