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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: 'Olivier Giroud is not a substitute'

Wenger: 'Giroud is not a substitute'
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists that he does not see Olivier Giroud as "a sub", despite not handing the forward a start in a Premier League game this season.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that Olivier Giroud has not "wasted his time" in staying with the Gunners.

During the summer, a number of clubs were interested in signing the forward but the 31-year-old eventually remained at the Emirates Stadium.

Giroud is yet to start a Premier League game this season - with his four goals all coming from the bench - but Wenger has claimed that he does not see the frontman as backup to Alexandre Lacazette.

The Frenchman told reporters: "No, he's not a sub for me. He's a very good player. I have plenty of good strikers. I cannot play them all together.

"I speak to all my players. It's very hard to discuss what we speak about openly. You know enough already, you know? He's a very important player.

"I have great respect. I am a great admirer of Giroud. Look how many French caps he has won here. He has not wasted his time."

Giroud has suggested that he is open to a loan move in January in order to improve his chances of making France's World Cup squad.

Olivier Giroud on his knees during the Europa League group game between Arsenal and Red Star Belgrade on November 2, 2017
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