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Published: 12:12 | 28/2/16

Giroud unconcerned by lack of goals

Striker has gone seven games without a goal

Arsenal striker Oliver Giroud insists he is not concerned about going eight games without scoring and believes he will back on the goal trail soon.

Giroud has scored 18 goals in all competitions this season, and needs just five more to secure his best ever season with the club, but if he fails to score against Manchester United on Sunday, it will be his longest time without a goal since joining the Gunners

"As a striker, it is all about momentum. I did well until mid-January, but it has been one-and-a-half months since I last scored,” Giroud told Sky Sports.

"I try to help the team to set up the game and assist my team-mates, which I am pleased about, but obviously as a striker I want to score.

"But I am not worried about that. I work for the team and when I have the opportunity to put it in the net I will do it with determination, and hopefully this weekend."

The return of Danny Welbeck is sure to add extra pressure on the Frenchman, but he is adamant that he doesn’t feel any extra pressure and is happy to see the Welbeck back.

"No [pressure], not at all. I am asking him all the time how his body feels. He is a good lad and I have a good understanding with him."

Giroud knows that Arsene Wenger is unlikely to play two up-front, but he is hopeful that the Arsenal boss will keep faith with him for Sunday's clash with Manchester United.

"I am happy that he is back as he is very important for the team as he brings us some power and pace up front, and some physical presence as well, so we are very complimentary.

"But the problem is we cannot both play up front, I think it is even better for the boss to have several strikers with different qualities and I am happy for that and for him that he scored against Leicester.

"I know this feeling after coming back from injury - even more for him because it was a long one."

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