No need to panic despite slow Arsenal start - Giroud

The 25-year-old striker has yet to get off the mark for his new club but is looking forward to an "emotional" return to old side Montpellier in the Champions League
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud insists that there is no reason for him to panic, despite the slow start he has made to his Premier League career.

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.

9/2 Olivier Giroud is 9/2 with William Hill to score first in Montpellier v Arsenal
He told RMC Sport: "I found my first few weeks of integration successful. I feel very good at this club. It is true that there are occasions [of not scoring], so I do not worry about my first goal, it will come very quickly."

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."