Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants to preserve me, says Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud accepts he needs to be careful as he eases back into first-team action
Olivier Giroud has revealed that Arsene Wenger wants the Arsenal striker to preserve his fitness after the French striker’s recent return from injury.
The 28-year-old forward was a second-half substitute for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as Alexis Sanchez scored a dramatic 89th-minute winner against Southampton on Wednesday.
And the France international lifted the lid on his conversation with Gunners manager Wenger about easing the forward back into first-team action after recovering from a broken leg.
“I feel good,” Giroud told Arsenal’s website. “I told the boss I am ready to play every game, so he calmed me down a little bit and told me, ‘we need to preserve you a little bit.
“‘You’ve come back from injury after three months and we don’t have to go too quickly. Let’s take the time to come back well because we are not in a rush. We are going to play a lot of games in December and January’.”
Giroud added that he was thrilled to score on his return from injury after he netted a late consolation in a 2-1 defeat by Manchester United last month.
“I did good work with the medical staff and I always had Manchester United in my head as a target,” added Giroud. “It was a great feeling to score, even if the result was not good, I felt good on my comeback and I’m sure it will be a positive from those bad results.
“I can’t wait to play more. I feel good and my ankle is alright. It’s clear now so I’m looking forward to playing on Saturday.”
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