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Arsenal’s Giroud makes his pitch for more Premier League action

Striker ready to spearhead attack as Gunners prepare to face Man United in Emirates Stadium clash

01 December, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Olivier Giroud: ‘The manager has different options but I will get ready like all the other players’

OLIVIER Giroud is calling on Arsene Wenger to use more of the “small cogs” in his Arsenal machine, starting this Saturday when Manchester United visit the Emirates Stadium for what promises to be a titanic tussle.

The Gunners’ boss has gone on record this season as saying that he has “two teams”, playing the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the Premier League and Giroud and Jack Wilshere in the Europa League.

Giroud has yet to start a league game this season, but when he was called upon at half time against Huddersfield on Wednesday night he responded by scoring two goals.

Fellow French forward Alexandre Lacazette was forced out of the midweek game with a groin injury and will now miss the United clash, and Giroud is pushing to keep his place spearheading the Arsenal attack.

“At the moment the Premier League team is doing well,” Giroud said. “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.”

Quizzed on whether he’s ready to play on Saturday, Giroud added: “We will see, I don’t know. The manager has different options but I will get ready like all the other players.

“We want to play every single game to help the team win. We want to be on the pitch, we are all competitors.”

Meanwhile Wenger says he is not expecting Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United to “park the bus” when they visit north London.

Both teams go into the game on the back of three successive Premier League victories, with United sitting four points and two places above Arsenal in the table.

Asked if he expects his old rival to play a more tactical, defensive game, Wenger said: “No, I don’t expect anything special. I just expect us to be ready to recover now.

“Man United is a strong team and I expect us just to cope with the problems they will give us.

“They will attack as well. They will not only defend.”

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