Olivier Giroud: Why Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was right to drop me
Olivier Giroud discusses Arsene Wenger's decision to drop him to the Arsenal bench in recent games
Olivier Giroud admits that he understands Arsene Wenger’s decision to drop the striker from Arsenal’s starting line-up in recent weeks.
The French striker has found himself behind Theo Walcott in the pecking order at Emirates Stadium and has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot in the Gunners’ first-team.
Giroud has had to come off the bench in each of Arsenal’s last five Premier League games, as Wenger has preferred to deploy Walcott in the central striking role for the Gunners.
And although Giroud admits that it is a new situation for him, he is convinced that he will be able to regain his spot in the north London side’s starting line-up in the coming weeks and months.
It [not starting] is something new for me. Whether it was at Tours, Montpellier or Arsenal, I have never experienced a situation like this, I have often played from the start,” Giroud told L’Equipe.
“I need to take positives and to harden myself mentally. I cannot simply take refuge in work.
“At Arsenal, I am in competition with Theo [Walcott] for the striker position. But he is doing well at the moment, so there is no reason to change. I was in his place in previous seasons at Arsenal. I imagine what he must have been thinking. But I feel that the coach believes in me.
“It has been for several matches now that I have played less, that is for sure, but I do not need to be worried. I need a bit more game time but also to believe more in my abilities.”
Giroud will be hoping to feature when Arsenal return to Premier League action with a trip to Watford next Saturday.
The Gunners are currently second in the top flight table and two points behind leaders Manchester City.