Olivier Giroud is really understanding. The Arsenal forward says he has no qualms over Wenger’s decision to start Walcott ahead of him.
Giroud has had a bad start to the 2015/16 campaign and has come on as a second half substitute in the last five EPL games for Arsenal.
Walcott has been preferred in the starting lineup ahead of the France international and Giroud, like Hazard is under no illusion that he must improve to regain his position.
“It [not starting] 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,” he is quoted in L’Equipe. “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.”