Having been a relative bit-part player so far this season, not starting a single match, 31-year-old France forward Olivier Giroud has admitted his frustration at how the season has panned out. 3 goals from 11 sub appearances, though, is hardly endearing himself to the coach or the rest of the team.
Speaking after the 5-0 roasting of Hudderfield – where he got a goal – Giroud was pretty clear about his situation. His post-match thoughts were picked up by UK tabloid The Daily Mail, who said that he mentioned his frustration.
“Yeah because we are competitors and we want to play every single game to help the team win,” he said.
“We want to be on the pitch, we are all competitions so that is it.
“We will see; I don’t know [on whether he will start against Manchester United on Saturday]. He [Wenger] has different options but I will get ready like all the other players.
“Yes [some players from the Europa League team do deserve a chance in the league] but at the moment the Premier League team is doing well.
“We have the chance to have two good teams because we have got a good squad and everyone tries to step up and give his best for the team.
“We are enjoying playing together in Europe but obviously we all want to play in the Premier League as well so when the boss wants to put us on the pitch we try to give our best and bring our small cog to the big machine.”
Perhaps that move to Everton should have occurred then? It looks like both parties could have used the playing time and the firepower up-front.