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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud had been relegated to the bench for a brief period this season to give Theo Walcott an opportunity to play in a central striker's position. Giroud had made just one start in December and the new year also started on a slow note for the Frenchman, leaving him frustrated on several occasions.
The 26 year-old was quoted by ESPN Soccernet as saying, "It's true. I had a bad run in front of goal, and there were all the discussions concerning the contract extension of Walcott, who wanted to play through the middle. Then we played Newcastle with that 7-3 win. I came off the bench 15 minutes from time, scored twice and just missed out on a hat-trick. But it's better now."
Giroud made the switch from French champions Montpellier to Arsenal last summer and had a slow start to his Arsenal career, scoring his first goal for the club in his seventh game, that too against lowly Coventry City in the Capital One Cup. The Frenchman took another 3 games to find his first league goal but his upward journey at Arsenal has finally begun, with the striker netting 3 goals in the Gunners' last 4 Premier League games. The France international also scored two crucial goals in Arsenal's 3-2 triumph over Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup.
The French striker has finally established his place in Arsenal's first team and with Wenger failing to land David Villa in the winter transfer window, the onus of goalscoring will again fall on Giroud's shoulders. Arsenal fans will also hope that the forward can continue strong as the Gunners aim to break into the top four this season, and will hope that he receives support from his forward line, Walcott in particular so that the goals flow regularly at the Emirates.
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