Arsene Wenger has claimed that Olivier Giroud plays more than Alexandre Lacazette despite not starting a Premier League game this season.
Giroud has spoken about the possibility of leaving Arsenal in January as he has become the Gunners’ Europa League starter and league substitute, though he is unlikely to take a risk ahead of the World Cup.
Wenger was asked about Giroud, who scored his seventh goal of the season on Sunday at Southampton, ahead of Wednesday’s mouthwatering trip to Southampton and he said:
“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.
“First of all he played many games – more minutes since the start of the season than Lacazette. Nobody can guarantee you will play.”
Giroud has actually played 1.026 minutes of football for Arsenal, while Lacazette has played 1,176 minutes.