Arteta: Giroud ready to shine

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta is pleased that club team-mate Olivier Giroud has found his scoring boots and believes the striker will now play with more confidence.

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Giroud was the hero for Les Bleus on Tuesday after he scored deep into stoppage time to rescue a 1-1 draw for France in their World Cup qualifying Group I match against Spain.

This goal comes on the back of the 26-year-old scoring his first Premier League goal for Arsenal in their 3-1 win over West Ham in the Gunners' previous league fixture.

And Arteta believes scoring these two crucial goals for both club and country will give the former Montpellier player the necessary confidence to finally perform on a consistent basis for Arsenal.

Speaking to RMC, Arteta said: "I'm happy for him. It was a bit hard at first because he had pressure and had to come after van Persie; it wasn't easy. 

"He always works very hard and has a very good attitude. 

"I'm very happy, last week he already scored for us and now he scored for France. 

"He'll be even more confident now. That is a good thing for the team."

Arteta himself has been one of the shining stars for Arsenal this season and his sterling displays for the Gunners have led to calls for Spain manager Vicente del Bosque to include the 30-year-old in the national side but Arteta does not believe he can break into a team chock full of talented midfielders.

"The others [Spain midfielders] are better than me!" the former Everton player admitted.

"I didn't have the chance to come from the same generation as them, for me, It's really the most successful one. 

"We never had such good Spanish midfielders. I understand that for me it's very difficult to have a go in this team, they are all great players who play in very strong European teams."

Arsenal will travel to Carrow Road to take on lowly Norwich City in their next Premier League fixture.

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