Arsene Wenger: Olivier Giroud accepts Arsenal challenge
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger runs rule over rivalry between Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott
Arsene Wenger has praised Olivier Giroud for rising to the challenge of competing with Theo Walcott for a starting spot.
The France international was restored to the Arsenal starting line-up for Saturday’s visit of Everton after the 29-year-old scored from the bench against Leicester City and Bayern Munich.
I said many times that scoring is a little bit cyclic. It goes up and down and it’s my job then to use the players at the right period
Wenger opted to pick Giroud ahead of Walcott for the first time in six games for the clash against the Toffees, and the move paid dividend as the Frenchman scored their opening in a 2-1 victory.
And the Arsenal manager, whose side face Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup on Tuesday night, discussed his responsibility to predict the form of his two strikers in the coming weeks.
“Because Olivier is a man, he accepts the competition and the challenge,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website.
“Theo as well. I must say, honestly, I give both of them huge credit in the way they accept their competition, in the way they play, in the way they deal with the problems they face, and the respect they show each other as well.
“I said many times that scoring is a little bit cyclic. It goes up and down and it’s my job then to use the players at the right period. At the moment it works. My timing is right. Hopefully I can keep that.”
Giroud has scored three goals in his last three appearances in all competitions for the Gunners, helping Wenger’s side secure three successive wins.
The France international has netted five times in 10 Premier League games so far this season, although six of those appearances have been from the bench.
Arsenal make the trip to Swansea City in the Premier League next weekend.