Olivier Giroud started Arsenal's FA Cup semi-final against Wigan on the bench. The papers have since poured over Arsene Wenger decision to start the youngster Yaya Sanogo instead, but the long serving Frenchman has defended the treatment of his snubbed striker.
"He has a fantastic spirit, Olivier Giroud is a fantastic team player. He has gone through a little bit more of a difficult period, but that happens to any striker," Wenger said.
"The striker is the most demanding position, he has played many, many games - more games than any other striker in the Premier League."
Despite that, when asked is Giroud was important to his plans for Arsenal's future, he replied with a curt: "Yes."
Of course that is in stark contrast to the reports suggesting the the Gunners would be looking to offload the Frenchman in the summer, given that he's largely struggled to keep pace with the best strikers in the league with regards to his goal haul.
Another player that might leave the north London outfit this summer is fellow forward Lukas Podolski. The German, though a fantastic player, has not seen a full ninety minutes for the first-team in a very long time.
"I play and in the last games, I always come out and of course you cannot be happy when you always go out after 60, 70 minutes. You cannot be happy with this situation," Podolski said.
Still, the German seems to be enjoying his time in London and it is unlikely he will want to return to Germany without any accolades in England.
On a better note, Giroud looked ecstatic after the FA Cup semi-final as Arsenal secured their place in the final.
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