Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud accepts that he must rest from time to time this season, but still felt some frustration watching Hull City win from the sidelines.
The Gunners ran out 2-0 victors with a partially rotated XI, including Nicklas Bendtner up front, offering Giroud a well earned rest.
The 27-year-old had started every Premier League fixture for the Gunners this season, notching seven goals in the process. While he didn’t enjoy watching the tie from the bench, the Frenchman knows his boss had his reasons to keep the Gunners first choice striker fresh ahead of their grueling set of fixtures.
Giroud told Arsenal’s matchday programme:
It did feel strange [to be on the bench against Hull] and I was a bit frustrated because I really want to play every game.
The boss said he had reason to leave me on the bench because it is better to have a rest sometimes, but I am obviously just really happy that the team won the game.
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We need everyone playing well to achieve our objectives this season and it is a really good thing for Nicklas and for his confidence [to score].
When we manage to play our game, it is always very difficult for opponents because they have to defend deep and be compact.
The gamble seemed to pay of against Hull with Bendnter netting early to settle his and the crowds nerves. While Arsenal partially rotated, it was still an extremely strong side that dismantled Hull.
Giroud’s hunger to improve, play and score is evident in his performances this season, but while he wants to play every week, he needs rest from time to time especially if there is an opportunity to do so.
This week against Napoli is not an opportunity, while must be some rotation in certain areas, the Frenchman must start up top for both offensive and defensive capabilities.
Stay tuned for our predicted lineup vs Napoli