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."