Olivier Giroud has revealed exactly how he plans to force his way back into Arsene Wenger’s starting XI ahead of their Champions League clash with Ludogorets.
The France international has endured a difficult start to the season but has finally shrugged off injury and hit the headlines on Saturday when he came off the bench to score twice in the 4-1 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
In his absence Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott have largely been grabbing the goals, with eight apiece, but Giroud says he is focused on proving his quality to the club.
“I just need to play and play more and, in training, show that I’m in good form,” he told the official Arsenal website.
“That’s what I tried to bring to the team when I came on against Sunderland. I tried to help the team get back in the game because it was 1-1 and we needed the win, so fortunately I was in the right position to finish.
“I feel good on the pitch you know, my injury is now behind me and I want to work now. I want to focus on the next stage of the Champions League and another big game on Sunday. I’m just concentrating on what I have to do on the pitch and my time will come.”
Wenger hinted after the Sunderland win that Giroud had played his way back into contention and the striker feels he can complement the other forwards at the club.
“In every big club you have a lot of good strikers with different qualities,” he added. “We can play together, we can play as lone strikers and we can play up front with each other as well.
“The team has played very well at the start of the season but it’s cyclic and I hope to come back by working hard in training. I’m happy as long as we win. We have a very good team cohesion and I’m not questioning myself too much. I’m just focused on the team.”
Giroud’s return comes at a timely point in the season with difficult games against Tottenham, Manchester United and PSG to come with Arsenal’s title credentials set to be severely tested.