Theo Walcott still ahead of Olivier Giroud at Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed Theo Walcott remains Arsenal's first-choice striker despite Olivier Giroud's fine goalscoring form.

At the start of the season, Arsenal fans were bemoaning their manager's reluctance to buy a new frontman. They did not believe their current options could lead a Premier League title charge and wanted Wenger to sign a world-class star – Karim Benzema, for example.

Just two months down the line and seems the Gunners now have too many good strikers. Well, two to be precise with one – Danny Welbeck – still recovering from a pesky knee injury.


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Walcott has finally been given his chance to shine up front and has, so far, impressed pundits, critics and fans while petrifying opponents. The 26-year-old's chance has come at Giroud's expense, but even the Frenchman has managed to chip in.

In fact, Giroud has scored four goals in his last three games for club and country, including the decisive strike against Bayern Munich in Tuesday's famous Champions League win.

Giroud's good form has yet to convince Wenger to change his line-up, but the Arsenal manager remains open to change.

"It is always hard," he told reporters ahead of Saturday's game against Everton. "They are top players. I consider the form, the game on the day.

"At the end of the season both will have played their share of games but at the moment it is Theo. In a few weeks, it might be Giroud. What is important is that both contribute."

Fans react

The debate is raging on Twitter as to whether Wenger is right to stick by Walcott. Giroud's ability to bulldoze defenders makes him an attractive option, but Walcott's pace has frightened plenty of defenders in recent matches. As a result, despite the fact that Giroud has outscored Walcott, plenty of fans, like Wenger, are still backing the England international.

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