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Olivier Giroud's French brace sends message to Arsene Wenger

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Ever since Theo Walcott took over Arsenal's starting position at striker, the Gunners have been more decisive on offense, beating Leicester City and Manchester United with  some of their best attacking performances of the season.

Even before the season started, Arsenal fans were itching for the club to sign top-cut strikers like Karim Benzema or Edinson Cavani, insisting Olivier Giroud was not the right man for the job.

Before the transfer closed, Giroud told Wenger he was the right man to spearhead Arsenal's attack this season.

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"I showed great mental strength and I had good stats." He was referring to the 19 goals he scored last season despite being for out three months with a leg injury. So far this campaign he has only found the net twice, which led to him getting benched in favour of Walcott.

However, the current international break has enabled Giroud to hit some form, scoring twice in the first six minutes of France's victory against Denmark. There is now a belief he can use this to inspire a change of fortunes at his club.

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Prior to the match in Copenhagen, the Frenchman was asked if his morale was on declining since being benched by Wenger. He replied: "Whether it was at Tours, Montpelier or Arsenal, I have never experienced a situation like this. I have often played from the start." The outcome of the match must surely be a thing of interest to Wenger ahead of Arsenal's next match. 

He also made it very clear that he is not letting out on his efforts to regain his starting position at striker for the Gunners. He added, "At Arsenal, I am in competition with Theo for the striker position. But he is doing well at the moment, so there is no reason to change."

Giroud did not intend for his statements as a direct attack towards either Arsene Wenger or his Arsenal teammate; however, in his own way, he is silently putting in the work to show Wenger his worth.

Perhaps some competition between strikers will serve the Gunners well. As of recently, their attack has been sharp, merciless and decisive. All that's needed is for everyone to be in sync with one another.

Will Giroud's performance regain him his starting job? How will Arsene Wenger go about his remarks?  

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