Giroud, who joined Arsène Wenger's side from Ligue 1 for £13 million, had
failed to find the back of the net in his opening six games following his
The France international, who scored the first goal in his side's 6-1 rout of the troubled League One side, admitted that he was relieved to have got off the mark.
"The feeling is a lot of happiness and relief after this goal after which I have been chasing for a long time," Giroud said. "For a striker it’s always good to rediscover the road to the net. For a striker it’s important for the confidence. I hope there will be many more.
"The fact I hadn’t scored played in my head. You shouldn’t think about it but those close to me, friends, many people talk to you about it. ‘The goal will come soon’ they kept telling me.
"It lifts the weight off my shoulders, absolutely. That’s it now I got the first one. This must be the beginning of a beautiful adventure. I need to put a string of games together, find my rhythm and continue to score. I am convinced that if I persevere it will come.
"There were 60,000 spectators for a League Cup match. I find that extraordinary. It’s not like that in every stadium. Now I need to continue. This is only the beginning.
"The timing was great as it came just before
"There were many changes so certain players could rest for the match against Chelsea. What’s good is when players who play less are called up they live up to expectations. Now we will think about the league. There is a great match ahead and I hope it will go our way.
Giroud added that "there is a lot of serenity in this team" and that he is hoping to continue their unbeaten run on Saturday when Chelsea visit the Emirates Stadium.
"The beginning of the season is very positive," he said. "We
will face another great team, Chelsea, after a very good match at