Olivier Giroud says he’s still coming to terms with being a regular on the bench and admits Theo Walcott deserves his chance to lead the line at Arsenal.
The French international hasn’t started a Premier League game since the 0-0 draw with Liverpool at the end of August but claims he’s not down in the dumps about the situation because he still has the backing of manager Arsene Wenger.
Reflecting on his start to the season after playing as a late substitute for France against Armenia, Giroud noted*: “It 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.
“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.”
Belief and confidence are two words that Giroud often brings to the fore when he’s out of form and to give him his dues, he’s bounced back from disappointments in the past. It’s also worth remembering that he’s still found the back of the net three times this season and with a heavy Christmas schedule on the horizon there will be plenty of chances for him to get game time.
*Quotes translated by Get French Football News