Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has accepted manager Arsene Wenger’s decision to drop him for Theo Walcott, according to reports from the Mirror.
The 29-year-old has been the first-choice selection for the role over the past few seasons, but has recently seen his place overtaken by the England international.
Walcott told his manager earlier in the campaign that he wanted to revert from a winger into a striker and has now impressed over the last few fixtures, resulting in a bench role for Giroud.
However, the France international has come out to admit that his teammate’s form means that he must accept a place on the bench and improve himself in order to fight for more playing time.
“At Arsenal, I am in competition with Theo for the striker position. But he is doing well at the moment, so there is no reason to change,” he said.
“I need to take positives and to harden myself mentally.”
Wenger will now have a selection headache going into his team’s upcoming clash against Watford given that both players scored while featuring for their national teams.
Giroud scored a brace for France in the 2-1 win over Denmark while Walcott managed to register one goal in the 2-0 victory against Estonia.