Oliver Giroud is ‘not worried’ about failing to start a game for Arsenal this season and said there is ‘no problem’ with Arsene Wenger.
The 29-year-old France international striker has only featured in 12 minutes of action for the Gunners so far this term having been handed an extended break after helping Les Bleus reach the final of Euro 2016 on home soil in the summer.
However Giroud’s compatriot Laurent Koscielny returned in the second game of the campaign at Leicester, while Mesut Ozil was brought back for the 3-1 win at Watford last Saturday, having reached the Euro semi-finals with Germany.
Wenger has also drafted in striker Lucas Perez for £17million from Deportivo La Coruna ahead of Wednesday’s transfer deadline to provide more competition in attack, but Giroud is happy to be integrated back into the team and backs his manager’s judgement.
Speaking on the back of scoring in France’s 3-1 win against Italy in Bari on Thursday night, he said: “My club situation? I’m not worried, I came back very late from the Euros.
“It was normal to throw me in gradually. There is no problem on that side.”