29-year-old: Wenger says I won’t play
Olivier Giroud has revealed he has been informed by Arsene Wenger that his place in the starting eleven is no longer a certainty.
The Frenchman, motivated by losing his place to Theo Walcott, was in inspired form at the beginning of the season as Arsenal topped the Premier League table.
However, a barren run which has seen Giroud fail to score a goal in the league since January means the Gunners have gone from favourties to underdogs in the title race as they trail Leicester City by 11 points.
With Danny Welbeck back in form after returning from a long injury lay-off, Giroud has been demoted to the bench.
And according to the France international, Wenger has made it clear that his lack of goals is the problem.
“When the coach calls on me, I try to be efficient, it’s good for the confidence.” Giroud said in an interview while on international duty.
“Since early 2016, I scored five goals for my club. The coach thinks this is not enough and it cost me my place, but I already knew that and I worked, it does not make me worry, it will come.”