The France international, a £12 million summer arrival from Montpellier, was forced to watch on from the substitutes' bench as his colleagues ran riot in the 6-1 demolition of Southampton on Saturday.
The 25-year-old is due to make an emotional return to Stade de la Mosson on Tuesday and hopes that a visit to familiar surroundings will inspire an upturn in fortunes that sees him register his first Arsenal goal.
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Minus their latest French recruit, Arsenal continued their solid start to the new season with a comfortable victory over freshly promoted Southampton.
Gervinho and Theo Walcott both opened their accounts for the campaign, while Lukas Podolski registered his first goal at the Emirates Stadium with a stupendous free kick.
Nigel Adkins' struggling side appeared perfect opponents for Giroud to gain some much needed confidence against, but his manager, Arsene Wenger, afforded his new striker just a brief 15-minute cameo.
Explaining his decision, Wenger said: "I felt that he is under much pressure at the moment and sometimes to get a little breather is good. What I will do on Tuesday I honestly don't know. I just felt that the time has come for him to not be under too much pressure."
Giroud, whose goals last season ensured the Ligue 1 title for Montpellier and a maiden Champions League adventure, insists that he is ready to cast emotion aside should his manager restore him to the starting line-u on Tuesday.
He added: "It is weird. It is something that destiny wants. I think it is a good thing. I have not had time to say goodbye to the fans of Montpellier and I think it will be very emotional for me.
"I spent two beautiful seasons there, which will remain forever engraved in my memory. We'll see how it goes, but I will put the emotions aside for 90 minutes and do the job by winning this game."