By Nik Brumsack
Olivier Giroud hopes his first goal for the Club will be "the start of a beautiful adventure".
The France international broke his duck in the 6-1 Capital One Cup victory against Coventry, deftly lifting the ball over Joe Murphy after Francis Coquelin put him through on goal.
Afterwards, the 25-year-old admitted it was a relief to get off the mark and believes there will be many more goals to come.
“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.
“I want to play week in, week out, find my rhythm and keep scoring. I am convinced that with some perseverance, it will come.”
Next up for Arsenal is a London derby against Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, and Giroud says that spirits are high going into the lunchtime kick-off.
“[The Coventry result] was the perfect win before Chelsea, a very important game. It brings a lot of confidence for me but also for the team,” he said.
“Now, we need to think about the league. It’s a massive game and I hope it will come our way.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 27 Sep 2012