Frenchman Olivier Giroud, who urged Arsenal fans to show bit of patience after he missed a sitter few days back, has now insisted he is not a like-to-like replacement for Robin van Persie but will try his best to emulate the feat of the Dutchman.
The 25-year-old who had an excellent season last term with Montpellier accepts the burden of responsibility on his shoulder, arrived at the club before Van Persie was sold to Manchester United.
He is hopeful of bringing something different to the squad and expects more chances to come in his way, especially after the departure of the maverick skipper.
“I am not here to replace Van Persie or to make people forget him,” Giroud told The Sun.
“I am here to bring something different. I don’t have the pretension of saying I will replace him because I have every respect for him as he had an enormous season last year.
“I wish him good luck for the future but I need to bring what I can bring without being pretentious to say I am here to replace him. That would be very bad.
The striker, who expects to shoulder more responsibility, further added “If I didn’t think that I would never get my chance. If you sign for a big club it’s to replace another striker who leaves or you come and sit on the bench and wait for some game-time or wait until a striker is less efficient, needs a breather or is injured.
“Unfortunately that’s how it is in football. Now I have a chance as Robin left. So I will get more time to play and I need to assume the responsibility. In fact, I must.
“Because that is my chance and I have to take it. The ball is in my court and the show must go on.”
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