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Giroud happy to be amongst the goals after tough start to Arsenal career

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Arsenal's big summer signing Olivier Giroud has had to fight comparisons with another attacking import from France ever since he made a slow start to life in the Premier League. Marouane Chamakh arrived at the Emirates after immensely successful campaigns with Bordeaux, but after a promising start he has disappeared into near oblivion.

Giroud had to wait till early October to break his Premier League duck and he has carried on from that goal at West Ham to establish himself at the head of Arsenal's line-up, with Gervinho's injury also playing into his hands. The ex-Montpellier man further boosted his credentials with a commanding brace against Fulham last weekend and he expressed his joy at finally converting the good performances into goals.

"When I didn't score at the beginning of the season, I stayed confident. I always work on my mind and my game," said the 26 year old to Sky Sports. Giroud's goals saved Arsenal's skin against a buoyant Fulham and the striker is under no illusion that his side are in the midst of a rough period as he added: "Individual mistakes are hurting us and that's why we have to show solidarity. It's a bad run but there is a lot of quality in this team. We will have better days ahead."