By Richard Clarke

Olivier Giroud knows Arsenal will not have to wait long to register their first victory of the season.

The French striker made his full debut at Stoke on Sunday as Arsène Wenger’s side played out their second successive scoreless draw of the campaign.

Giroud had arguably Arsenal’s best chance in the dying seconds when his long-range effort grazed the top of the net.

“I hoped it would go in,” he said afterwards in ever-improving English. “I saw the keeper off his line and I did not see Aaron [in the middle] for a cross. So I tried to take my chance.

“[It means] we have to wait for our [first] victory. But it is coming soon. We played well and had some good situations in front of goal. We just have to score now - me too.

“But I gave it all today. It was a hard game against a big team. But I felt good in the game and we missed one little thing - a goal.

“But there are a lot of good players here at Arsenal. It is easy to play with them. We need a little more time to come together.”

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26 Aug 2012