Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud frustrated at being benched for Hull clash

Olivier Giroud admits his frustration at being rested for Arsenal's win over Hull last week but says he understands the decision

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Olivier Giroud scored 17 goals last season Photo: Olivier Giroud/Instagram

Olivier Giroud has admitted his frustration at being rested for Arsenal’s Premier League win over Hull City last week but says he understands Arsene Wenger’s decision.

The 27-year-old striker, who has started all 14 of the Gunners’ other league games this season, was left as an unused substitute as the north Londoners ran out 2-0 winners at Emirates Stadium.

And although Giroud would have preferred to be involved against the Tigers, he accepts that the rest is likely to do him good heading into the hectic festive schedule.

“It did feel strange [to be on the bench against Hull] and I was a bit frustrated because I really want to play every game,” Giroud is quoted as saying by Metro.

“But the boss said he had reason to leave me on the bench because it is better to have a rest sometimes, but I am obviously just really happy that the team won the game.

“We need everyone playing well to achieve our objectives this season and it is a really good thing for Nicklas [Bendtner] and for his confidence.

“When we manage to play our game, it is always very difficult for the opponents because they have to defend deep and be compact.”

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