Relief in North London.
Oliver Giroud has scored a goal for the Arsenal and what a fine one it was.
Having been played through by Francis Coquelin and keeping a good line to stay onside, his finish was calm and collected, as he chipped over the keeper and into an empty net.
1-0 to the Arsenal.
The day ended in a 6-1 win over Coventry City and we all went home happy, for the six goals as well as the goal-scoring start for Olivier Giroud.
Scored at last
I have to say that I was more relieved than happy when Giroud scored, even though he eventually fluffed a penalty, I was not too mad.
I have no problem with his ability, he looks like a player who can pull apart anyone on his day, as he showed with an effort before the goal and the way he set-up Andrey Arshavin afterwards.
In the first few games of the season, you could see that he has quality, with the runs he makes, as well as his positioning and the timing of his runs.
Even when he shot wide or missed the target, you could tell that he has the ability to be someone worthwhile.
But as one fan argued, as long as he did not score, ability is just that, ability.
Giroud also comes across as one of those players who is arrogant.
The way he shrugs his shoulders and refuses to apologise for missing a chance when he could have passed the ball renminds me of one man.
Henry, even when he would have a lean spell infront of goal, would still be an arrogant man. He would remind his opponents of the number of goals he scored, as well as the number of times he has left players on their behinds.
He would never be trod on because of that, he always beleived he would score and he did.
That is what Giroud has.
Score many goals
In my opinion, Olivier Giroud will be a great player for Arsenal Football Club.
He has the right kind of size, power, pace and ablity to make it as a top player for the club.
If you ask me, he can do as well as the other French forwards like Henry, Robert Pires and Sylvain Wiltord who were brilliant for the club.
Do not expect a Henry, Ian Wright or Dennis Begrkamp, maybe not even a Robin Van Persie.
But just a simple and efficient Olivier Giroud.