Giroud eager to prove his worth at Arsenal

Olivier Giroud is determined not to be a flop at Arsenal and has set himself a target of 15 goals for the season after netting twice in the Gunners’ last Premier League outing, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Giroud claimed a brace during Arsenal’s 3-3 draw with Fulham on Saturday, first opening the scoring after just over than 10 minutes of game time before later drawing Arsenal level after Fulham had hit back to take a 3-2 lead. The goals were Giroud’s third and fourth in his last four games, having also netted against Schalke in the Champions League and Reading in the League Cup.

Having joined Arsenal from Montpellier in a £12m summer move, Giroud went seven games without a goal at the start of the season, eventually scoring in the Capital One Cup against League One side Coventry City. The 26-year-old’s first league goal followed around a fortnight later, in a 3-1 victory over West Ham at Upton Park, with Giroud having hit six goals in 17 games under Arsene Wenger thus far this season.

Giroud said: “I’m starting to quieten the doubters a bit. I’m feeling better and better in this team and I think you can see it. I’m trying to build an understanding with my new team-mates and we are getting to know each other more and more. I’d be happy to get between 12 and 15 goals in the league this season.

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