Olivier Giroud relieved after scoring first Arsenal goal

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Olivier Giroud says that his first goal for Arsenal against Coventry City on Wednesday has increased his confidence.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is delighted to have scored his first goal for the Gunners on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old was on target in the Gunners' 6-1 victory over Coventry City in the third round of the League Cup.

"This goal has taken the pressure off me," he is quoted as saying on Arsenal's official website.

"It's done, I have my first goal. But it has to be the start of a beautiful adventure.

"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."

Giroud added that his maiden strike has enhanced his confidence.

"For a striker, it's always good to find the net again," said the Frenchman. "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."

Giroud joined Arsenal from French champions Montpellier in the summer.

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