Giroud plays down Arsenal exit

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud hasn’t enjoyed a wealth of opportunities with the Gunners so far this season but the Frenchman is determined to win back his first-team spot.

Coping with a late start to the season after an extended break following Euro 2016 and suffering from an early-season injury, Giroud has seen Alexis Sanchez become the Gunners’ leading forward this season.

Giroud is yet to start a Premier League game for Arsene Wenger’s side but he told Telefoot he’s determined to fight back into the squad.

“I do not have any doubts about my future at Arsenal. There is always competition for places. There are a lot of attackers at every big club.”

“At the moment, the coach prefers Sanchez up front, also because I have been injured. I just hope to get playing time again now. Alexis and I are different types of attackers and the coach has to make a decision. But I intend to come back even stronger.”

With Alexis picking up an issue during international duty with Chile, Giroud could be pushing for a stary in this weekend’s vital clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Having scored two goals with two touches when coming off the bench against Sunderland and then finding the net in the Champions League win over Ludogorets, Giroud has hit the ground running upon his return to the squad.