Olivier Giroud explains how Arsene Wenger has "hurt" him this season

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From a guaranteed starter to Alexis Sanchez's understudy, Olivier Giroud has endured a frustrating fifth season at Arsenal thus far.

The Frenchman was forced to miss games against Liverpool, Leicester City and Watford to recover from Euro 2016 and paid the ultimate price: his place in Arsene Wenger's starting XI.

Sanchez is now Arsenal's first-choice striker - the Chilean has six goals in 11 league games - which has limited Giroud to just five appearances from the bench.


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His lesser role in north London has yet to damage his confidence, but Giroud recently admitted to feeling disappointed about being dropped.

"I see my future at Arsenal for another two or three years, the date my contract ends," he told French publication L'Equipe.

"I won't lie, there have been times I've been disappointed and not happy with my situation. But the coach knows that. He's the one who makes the choices.

"I'll fight for my place. What's happening today is the story of my career. It's endless in football.

"I'm not the kind of player to give up and to demand things. Even if I don't play all the matches, I'm sure the coach will use me. We'll take stock at the end of the season."

Giroud has certainly impressed when used by Wenger, the 30-year-old scoring three goals in his last three games, two of which from the bench.

However, Arsenal's manager risks aggravating Giroud even further should he not give him increased game time as the season progresses.

In the same interview, the France international recalled a conversation with Wenger prior to September's draw with Paris Saint-Germain that "hurt" him.

"I thought I would start because the coach had put me on the bench against Southampton, three days before," Giroud added.

"It is in that moment, on the morning of the match in Paris, that I had a discussion with him. He said that I was close to returning. Frankly, I was hurt, disappointed.

"This match was finally terrible because I hurt my foot after two, and I couldn't get in my stride. And I am then sent off. The following week, against Chelsea, I take my first ball and the pain returns immediately."

Thierry Henry
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Alexis Sanchez
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