Oliver Giroud

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour is confident striker Olivier Giroud is now the Gunners' main man.

The 26 year old, who arrived from Montpellier in the summer, has been under pressure to replace last year's Golden Boot winner and former captain Robin van Persie in front of goal. And the France international failed to score in his first six Premier League appearances, which included costly misses in the home games against Sunderland and Chelsea.

However, Giroud answered his critics by scoring the equaliser and setting up the winner for Theo Walcott in the 3-1 comeback victory against West Ham United on 6 October and Parlour feels the game could be a defining moment for the Arsenal frontman.

"It does take time to settle at a new club and maybe into a new way of life for his family. Some players settle straight away and others take a little bit more time but I think he has done ok," TalkSport quoted Parlour as saying.

"He had a brilliant game against West Ham. I think Giroud is the main man [at Arsenal]. The goal against West Ham will help him to push on now. I think he will be a really good signing," the former Gunners' midfielder pointed out.

Chamberlain Targets Poland Triumph

Arsenal and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain insists the Three Lions are aiming for all three points against Poland, when the two sides meet in Warsaw on 16 October.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The 19 year old, who scored his first England goal in the 5-0 win over San Marino last week, has stated that though they have respect for Waldemar Fornalik's side, it is a game that they expect to win.

"We know Poland are a good side but at the same time we've got to have faith in our own ability. We don't go into games looking to lose, we just know we've got to respect the opposition and that's what we'll do," the FA Web site quoted Chamberlain as saying.

"They've got a good team and we're going to prepare the same way we do for every game. We're just going to work hard and try and get the three points," the teenager added.

England lead Group H with seven points from three matches, while Poland are third with four points from two games.