Arsene Wenger has explained his decision to start Theo Walcott upfront despite the availability of Olivier Giroud.

The French striker returned from the international break in need of a confidence boost after being booed for missing chances during France’s 2-1 win over Serbia last week.

However, Wenger insists that he kept Giroud on the bench against Stoke City because Walcott had more to offer against an often organized opposition.

He said: “To use the movement of Walcott. I know Stoke are a compact, organised team in their own half and Theo could find little pockets to get in their and maybe that you get two or three chances to counter attack at home so maybe you can use that.

“He scored a great goal because you needed technical quality to score and timing in the finish. It is good Giroud came on scored as well.”

Despite Walcott’s improving form, the Arsenal boss has admitted that he cannot always guarantee the Englishman a starting role, citing that the upcoming schedule of fixtures will require rotation.

“It helps [that Walcott is scoring]. I think at the moment we play every three days for four weeks. I will have to rotate the strikers without robbing their confidence. But you cannot always play with the same player every three days especially up front.” Wenger said.

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