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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.

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