Olivier Giroud has hailed Arsenal fans for their support of the team after 60,000 packed the Emirates for a Capital One Cup game against League One side Coventry.
While other teams in the Premier League are having trouble selling out Champions League fixtures, with some having to take out advertising in local pamphlets to try and move tickets, the Gunners play to a full house week in, week out and that’s something the Frenchman took note of.
“The supporters were behind us and behind me,” he said. “There were 60,000 spectators for a League Cup match. I find that extraordinary. It’s not like that in every stadium.”
After scoring his first goal for Arsenal, the Frenchman admits some of the pressure is off and he’s hoping it’ll be the first of many for his new club.
“This goal has taken the pressure off me. It’s done, I have my first goal. But it has to be the start of a beautiful adventure,” he said.
“Even unconsciously I was thinking about this first goal. I tried not to think about it but my family, friends and a lot of people were talking to me about it.
“For a striker, it’s always good to find the net again. I have an assist already this season but it’s not like a goal. For a striker, it’s important for the confidence. I hope many more will follow.”
With Chelsea coming to town tomorrow, Giroud also wants to see the Gunners to continue their fine start to the season but knows that it’s early days just yet.
“The start of the season has been very positive – we need to build on that,” he said. “I feel the players are serene. We’re not getting carried away, we know it’s just the start of the season and everything goes very quick in football.
“We are still unbeaten and it’s very good. We are not conceding many goals and we score a lot so it’s very good.
“We will face a big team on Saturday, Chelsea, after a very good performance at Man City. It will be interesting to see how the team copes.”
Arseblog News hopes we cope Chelsea right in their stupid faces and that the HFB (Handsome French Bloke) gets another one. Or two. Or even three. We’re not greedy.