Olivier Giroud lifts lid on Arsenal snub

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud says he couldn't stay on the bench ahead of Euro 2016

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Olivier Giroud says he had to turn things around at Arsenal to protect his Euro 2016 ambition.

The Gunners striker dropped to the bench earlier this season after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger favoured Theo Walcott up front.

I understood the coach’s tactical choice, but after four games, I needed to turn things around

Olivier Giroud

However, Giroud continued to make a goal-scoring impact as a second-half substitute before Walcott succumbed to injury.

And the 29-year-old, who moved to Arsenal from Montpellier in 2012, has scored five times in his last seven games in all competitions.

Speaking to Le Parisien, Giroud lifted the lid on his Arsenal demotion ahead of France’s clash against Germany at Stade de France on Friday night.

“He (Wenger) chose to put me on the bench when I came back from Bordeaux [where he played against Serbia]. Maybe he thought I needed to be less under pressure,” Giroud told Le Parisien.

“We spoke about it. He told me he trusted me, like he did Theo Walcott, but that we were two different players. It was also a tactical choice.”

Giroud added: “I understood the coach’s tactical choice, but after four games, I needed to turn things around.

“I told myself: ‘I can’t let this last’. It wasn’t good for me, for the national team or for the Euros. I didn’t want to spend the whole season on the bench. It made me react.”

Giroud has scored six goals in 12 appearances in the Premier League this season, although he has only started six top-flight games.

The France striker has scored two goals in three Champions League games.

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Arsenal are level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City ahead of their trip to West Brom on 21 November.

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