Olivier Giroud’s toe injury looks likely to see him miss Sunday’s game with Burnley and appears to have shaped Didier Deschamps’ decision not to pick the striker for France’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
After returning late to pre-season training following his exploits at EURO 2016, the 29-year-old has made only four substitute appearances for the Gunners with injuries, suspension and the good form of his teammates contributing factors.
Asked about his compatriot on Tuesday, Arsene Wenger hinted that Giroud was still struggling for fitness and may not feature until after the international break. It’s a state of affairs that Deschamps believes the striker will overcome in the long run.
“The important thing is to have players at 100 percent,” Deschamps told the press in France.
“I wish that he, like all the players, had as much playing time as possible because like every player he needs to be in the rhythm, repeat effort match after match over 90 minutes.
“I’m not going to worry now. Of course, he too wants more playing time. There have been times in recent years when he has played less and he has always managed to turn things round. I don’t call into question what I think of him, what he has done, and what he can do with us.”
Laurent Koscielny is the sole Arsenal representative in the France squad. Les Bleus face face Bulgaria and Netherlands in October’s games.