Olivier Giroud has cleared doubts over his future at Arsenal, stating that he is trying hard to reclaim his position in the starting XI. Alexis Sanchez has taken advantage of Giroud's absence and established himself as the Gunners' first choice striker, scoring eight goals and assisting five in all competitions thus far.
Giroud, who was suffering from a toe injury, returned to the first team against Sunderland and scored a brace to hand the Gunners three crucial points before scoring the equaliser against Ludogorets in the group stages of the Champions League. He is currently with the France national team for the World Cup 2018 qualifiers before returning to Arsenal for a crunch game against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
France manager Didier Deschamps revealed that the striker was still not 100% fit, which was refuted by Giroud who is striving to reclaim his striking position back from Alexis. The Frenchman may get his chance as early as Saturday, 19 November, with the Chilean having ostensibly picked up a hamstring injury.
"At this time, the coach has opted for the solution of Sanchez leading the attack, partly because of my injury, so I now hope to get more game time of course. The coach makes his own choices but I am counting on myself to come back strong and I will work hard to do so. I have no doubts over my Arsenal future," Giroud told Telefoot, as quoted by Sky Sports.
"As with each year, there is competition for places at the big clubs. There are a lot of attackers with different styles of play. We have different profiles and can be used according to the team we are up against, but we can also be played together."