By Rob Kelly

Olivier Giroud believes it is good for strikers to play with a degree of pressure on their shoulders as it can help improve their performances.

The France international has made a positive impression since joining the Club from Montpellier and came close to scoring in both of his appearances this season.

But despite failing to register, the 25-year-old is confident he will soon get off the mark and thrive in the Premier League.

“I think you need a little pressure,” Giroud told Arsenal Player. “There can be good pressure and there can be inhibitive, bad pressure that prevents you from expressing yourself on the field.

“I am ambitious but everywhere I go I need a little adjustment time before I am completely integrated.

“That is what’s happening right now at Arsenal. I’m discovering a great atmosphere and a great club so I’m very happy.”

Giroud joined the Club just a few weeks before the departure of Robin van Persie, but insists he is not feeling the strain of trying to replace him.

“I’m not the kind of person to put negative pressure on my shoulders,” he said. “It’s true that Robin had a very, very good season last year but I’m not here to make everyone forget about him or to replace him.

“I only want to take my place, gradually make my mark and win over the hearts of the fans.

“In our way, we are two different players. He spent eight years here and had a very good season last year; I need a little adjustment time but I hope to make my mark as quickly as possible.  And I hope to score a lot of goals.”

Watch the full interview with Olivier on Arsenal Player now.

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29 Aug 2012