Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects Olivier Giroud to build on his first goal for the club

Olivier Giroud: Netted his first Arsenal goal against Coventry in the Capital One Cup

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes striker Olivier Giroud's first goal for the club will lift his confidence when the Gunners resume their Premier League campaign this weekend.

The summer signing from Montpellier found the back of the net for his new club for the first time when he opened the scoring in a comfortable 6-1 Capital One Cup success over Coventry on Wednesday night.

Giroud later saw a penalty saved but Wenger believes the France international can now build upon his first goal when he next lines up for Arsenal.

He said: "It was in everyone's mind that the sooner he gets it the better, it was certainly more in his mind even more than in our minds. That is positive of course.

"It was a good finish, he is a good finisher Olivier, but at the moment I believe he is looking for confidence and that goal will help him. I expect him to take that into the Premier League."

Second-half goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andrey Arshavin, Ignasi Miquel and a brace from Theo Walcott meant Arsenal progressed in style to a fourth-round meeting with Reading.

Wenger was pleased with Arshavin's contribution on what was his first start of the season and believes he now knows where best to play the Russian.

"His best position looks to be behind the striker now," he said.

"That is where his vision and the creative side of his game can be very efficient, when he has to work on the flank it is sometimes working against him because he has to work too hard up and down. When he is central he is also an influence on the game."