Olivier Giroud accepts Arsenal rotation

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has admitted that he cannot play every game and will be required to rest from time to time.

After failing to land of a number of striker targets during the summer transfer window, manager Arsene Wenger has been left with Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner as the only fit and senior forwards. 

It hasn't haunted the Gunners though and they are enjoying a fabulous season so far. The north London club are five points clear at the top of the Premier League after 15 games as they search for their first league title for, approaching, ten years. 

Frenchman Giroud has been at key part of that early-season success. The 27-year-old has fired in ten goals from 22 appearances in all competitions.

However he was rested in last week's win over Hull City where teammate Bendtner scored his first Arsenal goal in over two-and-a-half years. 

The former Montpellier man did return to the starting XI against Everton at the weekend and a wonderful late effort nearly won his side all three points but his swerving effort hit the bar and Wenger's men had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

"It did feel strange (to be on the bench against Hull) and I was a bit frustrated because I really want to play every game," said Giroud, speaking to Arsenal's matchday programme.

"But the boss said he had reason to leave me on the bench because it is better to have a rest sometimes, but I am obviously just really happy that the team won the game.

"We need everyone playing well to achieve our objectives this season and it is a really good thing for Nicklas and for his confidence.

"When we manage to play our game, it is always very difficult for the opponents because they have to defend deep and be compact."

Giroud will be hoping to start in Wednesday's Champions League tie in Napoli, the Gunners need a draw to ensure qualification to the knockout stages with a top-place finish.

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