Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud is set for crunch talks with Arsene Wenger after growing frustrated at the club, The Daily Star reports.
Following a severe decrease in his playing time this season, with Alexis Sanchez becoming the first choice striker at the club, Giroud is seeking talks with Arsene Wenger regarding his future, which is now shrouded in speculation.
Since being given extra time off following his extended involvement in the European Championship, Giroud has been a bit-part in Arsenal’s squad this season and his quest to push himself back into the first-team squad was halted with an injury back in September.
After returning, Giroud hit two goals with just two touches against Sunderland in the Premier League before grabbing the equaliser in Arsenal’s 3-2 victory over Ludogorets, where Gunners came from two goals behind to seal their spot in the last 16 of the Champions League.
However, Giroud is still not happy after featuring off the bench against Tottenham.
Quite a bit actually, per the reports Giroud stated:
“Against Sunderland, I scored with my first two touches. That’s not going to happen every day. I had hoped to play against Spurs because I’d had two good games. I was a little bit disappointed, but I’m not the sort of person to just give up.”
“When I watched Arsenal from the stands, I saw a team that was playing well and that was having a very good start to the season, and I said to myself that the train was leaving without me and that I mustn’t get too far behind.”
Yes and no. Whilst he’s been in fine form in recent weeks, Alexis Sanchez has been undroppable and the pair do not work well together – as was demonstrated in the Champions League clash in Bulgaria, where Giroud’s start put Alexis out wide and limited the Chilean’s involvement.
We also have to cast our eyes back to the Champions League draw with Paris Saint-Germain, which Giroud said he was unhappy not to have started, but he came off the bench and was shortly sent off. An injury sustained in that game saw miss out in the coming weeks anyway but it could have been costly.
Giroud has to face up to the fact that he isn’t the same player as Alexis, although that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In his absence, there were times when Arsenal were crying out for a more robust centre-forward and the injury sustained by Alexis Sanchez on international duty could now hand him his chance.
With Arsenal still without Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez on the sidelines, Giroud will get his chances – he just needs to take them and be patient.
It’s also worth pointing out that Giroud was in exactly the same situation at the beginning of last season, with Theo Walcott playing centrally and impressing, before the big Frenchman forced his way back into the squad and stayed there.