Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has admitted he has endured the worst start to a season in his career this year, having started just one game for the Gunners so far this campaign.
The France international was given extra time off over the summer by manager Arsene Wenger after his exploits at Euro 2016 meaning he started the season later than some of his team-mates.
The striker has also struggled with a toe injury which has disrupted his season and in his absence Alexis Sanchez has shone in a central role, scoring eight goals already this season.
Giroud has returned to the side in recent weeks, scoring his first goals of the season against Sunderland but when asked if this was his worst start to a season he told L’Equipe: “Yes, that is possible.
“When I look from the stands at Arsenal, a team that plays well and made a very good start to the season, it seems my train leaves without me and I must not get too far behind.”
Giroud also hinted that he was getting frustrated with being left out of the team and revealed his disappointment at being left on the bench for the north London derby on Sunday.
“The coach told me that he admires me for my strength of character. I know that he supports me. But still…it mustn’t last too long or happen too often. Over time, it wears you down,” he added.
“Against Sunderland, I scored with my first two touches. That’s not going to happen every day. I had hoped to play against Spurs because I’d had two good games. I was a little bit disappointed, but I’m not the sort of person to just give up.”
Giroud’s start to the season has certainly been difficult but goals against Ludogorets and Sunderland have hinted at a return to form while Arsene Wenger has been quick to back his striker, insisting he is not his ‘Plan B’.