Wenger admits pressure is on Arsenal ace

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confessed that summer signing Olivier Giroud is under pressure to get his first goal for the club.

The France international joined the Gunners from Montpellier during the off-season, and has been identified as one of the players who must harbour the golascoring burden of replacing Robin van Persie.

Giroud has failed to hit the net so far for the north London outfit and started from the bench against Southampton on Saturday; Wenger has admitted that pressure is starting to build on the new forward.

“I felt that he is under much pressure at the moment and sometimes to get a little breather is good,” the French coach stated in The Daily Mail.

“What I will do on Tuesday [against Montpellier in the Champions League] I honestly don’t know.

“I just felt that the time has come for him to not be under too much pressure,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Santi Cazorla has thoroughly impressed since moving to the Emirates Stadium from Malaga in the summer, and Wenger has been quick to sing the Spanish midfielder’s praises.

“Cazorla is a player who is just a pleasure to watch. You want him to have the ball,” the experienced trainer continued.

“I think he typifies what the midfielders in Spain are today – technically perfect, great vision and a great team attitude.

“We did fight with Malaga at the time [to get him last summer from Villarreal] and they were in Spain, they were quick to do the deal.

“But we remained on the ball, we were quite advanced with him last season already,” he concluded.

The Gunners face Montpellier in their first Champions League group stage fixture on Tuesday.

By Gareth McKnight