Robert Pires backs Olivier Giroud to succeed at Arsenal

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Robert Pires is confident that his French compatriot Olivier Giroud will step into Robin van Persie's shoes at Arsenal.

Arsenal legend Robert Pires is confident that his French compatriot Olivier Giroud will step into Robin van Persie's shoes at the Emirates in due time.

Giroud joined the Gunners from Montpellier this summer in a reported £9.6m move, but has failed to score in two Premier League appearances so far.

"It takes time to adapt, and it is especially hard for attacking players, but I am optimistic that both Giroud and Podolski can be a success," Pires is quoted as saying in The Mirror.

"I have seen Giroud playing in France and he has the qualities you need in England. He is strong and he has a good touch. He can be like van Persie in my opinion."

Pires added that Arsenal's two other attacking players signed over the summer, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla, too will prove themselves in England.

"Podolski is very mobile around the pitch and he is a Germany international with many caps," said the Frenchman. "They will adapt.

"Santi Cazorla is someone I know well. He has adjusted to England very quickly and the fans will love him."

Arsenal, who have drawn both their opening league games, are at Liverpool on Sunday.

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