Olivier Giroud insists he can cope with being Arsenal’s first choice striker, Sky
The Gunners have lost the likes of Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, leaving Giroud as one of few forward options for manager Arsene Wenger. Nicklas Bendtner, who prior to this season had spent the entirety of the last two campaigns on loan away from the club and hasn’t scored an Arsenal goal since 2011, is the club’s current back-up centre-forward.
Giroud has begun the season in good goal scoring form with seven for his club – and a further two for France. But he has played 18 times for club and country already this season, before the end of October, leading to suggestions he could burn out – particularly as this season will be a longer one than normal should Les Bleus make it to next year’s World Cup.
It is not an issue that concerns Giroud too much, however. “Maybe I will have some rest next week, for the Capital One Cup,” he said. “I will speak to the boss but I am used to playing a lot of games and I feel good with my body so, touch wood, no injuries.” Arsenal meet Chelsea in the Capital One Cup, the game to be played at their Emirates Stadium on October 29.
Giroud scored as Arsenal slipped to a first defeat in 12 against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, but he insists the result of the Champions League fixture could have been different. “I don’t want to look for excuses as to why we lost to Dortmund. We lost but we have won almost every other game – there was just the defeat to Aston Villa and the draw at West Brom in the league,” the former Montpellier striker added.
“We were really close to scoring the second goal against Dortmund but they kept going and they scored the winner on the counter-attack. It’s a shame because we could have done much better.
“We finished the game better than them and that’s why I’m really disappointed, because if we couldn’t win the game, we didn’t have to lose it. In the Champions League, it’s like that – about the details.”
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