Arsenal new boy Olivier Giroud seems tired of being compared with ex-skipper Robin van Persie. The Frenchman has given various interviews over the past few months trying to make a point that any comparison with him and the Dutchman is absurd and useless.
Arsenal fans raised doubts over his ability recently after he failed to convert gilt-edged chances against Sunderland and Liverpool.
However, the 25-year-old has always insisted that he has the full backing of his manager and has repaid the faith everywhere he played in his career.
He joined the Gunners on the back of a very successful season with Montpellier and though he has yet to break the duck in terms of scoring goals, feels he is aware of his responsibilities and expectations.
In a thinly veiled criticism he said the Dutchman took eight years at the club to reach a new height, where he scored 30 league goals last season hinting that he needs some time to settle in.
Speaking to FIFA.com he said “People seem to think [Van Persie] is something that weighs on me, but I know that the manager has confidence in me,”
“He could easily have brought in another forward when Robin left, but he didn’t.
“I’m coming in after someone who scored 30 goals last season, but who took eight years to reach that level.
“I feel that I have less time to establish myself and that there are more immediate expectations of me.”
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