Wenger: Why I dropped him from my line-up


Arsene Wenger has explained his decision to omit Olivier Giroud from the starting eleven on Sunday.

Theo Walcott was preferred to the French striker as Arsenal lined up against a nearly full-strength Chelsea in the FA Community Shield.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal was enough to win the match but a subdued performance from Walcott has raised questions over Wenger’s call to start the Englishman ahead of Giroud.

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Walcott was eventually withdrawn for Giroud as the Frenchman came on with 25 minutes to go, but Wenger insists that the plan was to use pace first against Chelsea.

“It depends on the games. I tried to see the options I have through the season. I felt today that I wanted to use Theo’s pace to go in behind.” the Arsenal boss said

“In the first half he [Walcott] worked very hard, didn’t get too much service, but he worked very hard. In the second half when Giroud came on I think he gave us a physical presence that was needed at that time as well.”

The Gunners have more options to choose from upfront with Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez set to return, but rumours of a bid for Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema have remained.

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14 thoughts on “Wenger: Why I dropped him from my line-up

  1. arsenal. need to push forward so that they can boost of the their chances of lifting the premiership

  2. I think it is essential that we sign a Striker and Benzema would be ideal I don’t think he is the greatest striker but he would be good for at least 20 goals a season Giroud Maybe 12 if your lucky if we want to win the premiership we have to sign a striker and I do believe even Wenger knows this if the truth be known

    1. Hes scored more than 12 when he missed loads of games because he was injured.. Stop hating. He ain’t the best striker in the world but he isn’t that rubbish

  3. Simply Giroud isn’t good enough to lead the Arsenal attack and never will be, he needs too many chances to score, sub at best

  4. I think even the boss knows we need a better striker than Them both.what’s wrong with buying a striker who can do both(strenth and speed).

  5. If arsernal is to win a leaque title, they should nt only get a striker, but a world defensive midfelder as wel

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