Ahead of Arsenal’s game against Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup, manager Arsene Wenger admitted that striker Olivier Giroud is not his No. 1 choice anymore.
Giroud has taken a lot of flack during his time at Arsenal, with fans and experts criticizing the Frenchman for not being effective enough in the goalscoring department.
Theo Walcott has been given the nod to start up from as of late, and Wenger went into detail about his decision to alternate the two players going forward.
“With Olivier Giroud, it is a competition with Walcott,” Wenger told The Daily Mirror. “When one plays people always ask, ‘Why did you not play the other one?’
“When you have two top-level strikers, some games Giroud plays and some games Walcott plays. Nobody anymore can play 60 games per season.
“What we want to do is make the right decision for the right game. Giroud is a guy who has a positive attitude, who is ready to have a go.
“He is a very strong man and, with his back to the wall, Giroud can always respond. I think he has assets in the game.
“For two guys it can be interesting for the squad as they both have different qualities. They complement each other very well.
“Giroud’s all-round game is vital because it is one of his assets. He can protect the ball, he can hold the ball, he can bring other plays in.
“That’s one of the big parts of his game and that is why he creates so many chances and that is why the other players love him and love to play with him.”