Olivier Giroud comments on his Arsenal future given Alexis Sanchez's excellent form

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Olivier Giroud missed the early part of the 2016-17 campaign after being given an extended break following his involvement in Euro 2016, where he scored three times to help his country all the way to the final.

Since recovering from a toe injury and returning to full fitness however, the 30-year-old is yet to start a single Premier League match for Arsenal, despite scoring twice within seven minutes of coming off the bench at Sunderland.

The main reason for this is that the club's star forward, Alexis Sanchez, has been moved off the left-wing by boss Arsene Wenger this term and been deployed as the main centre-forward, a role in which the Chilean is excelling.


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Alexis has already registered eight goals across all competitions in his new position, and as a result, Giroud has seen his playing time limited to just one start so far this season and a handful of substitute appearances.

Despite this, when speaking to Telefoot, the French striker insisted that he isn't concerned about his future at the Emirates Stadium and also commented on his playing relationship with Sanchez.

Giroud on lack of game time

The ex-Montpellier star said, via the Daily Mirror: "At this time, the coach (Wenger) has opted for the solution of Sanchez leading the attack, partly because of my injury, so I now hope to get more game time of course.

"The coach makes his own choices but I am counting on myself to come back strong and I will work hard to do so. I have no doubts over my Arsenal future."

Giroud on Sanchez

On Alexis seemingly taking his place in Arsenal's starting XI, he claimed: "As with each year, there is competition for places at the big clubs. There are a lot of attackers with different styles of play.

"We (himself and Sanchez) have different profiles and can be used according to the team we are up against, but we can also be played together."

Can Giroud get back to his best?

His national team manager Didier Deschamps, a known fan of Giroud, has continued to start the Gunner despite his struggles at club level and has backed his compatriot to rediscover his very best form.

Giroud may lack pace, but there is no doubt that he offers Arsenal something different to their other attacking options and he will hope to be involved this Saturday when his side travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.

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