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Walcott Admits Giroud Frustration

Olivier Giroud is starting to get frustrated with life on the bench, according to Arsenal teammate Theo Walcott.

This season has seen Arsene Wenger move Alexis Sanchez to a central role in the Arsenal attack, which puts the French attacker on the bench.

He has been relegated from his role as a regular starter to an impact substitute, and he has made his mark in that aspect.

He scored a brace against Sunderland, before getting a late equaliser in the clash against Manchester United. He also assisted a goal in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth.

“Olivier’s strengths are fantastic,” Walcott said.

“I know he will be frustrated with the amount of games he has not played but, if you look at his scoring record and how effective he has been when he has been on the pitch – again [on Sunday against Bournemouth], coming off the bench and grabbing an assist.

“It just shows he keeps on reminding the manager what he can do.”

Giroud has also been on target in his last two Champions League outings, against Ludogorets and Paris Saint-Germain.

He has five goals for the season, but Alexis – who scored twice against Bournemouth – has doubled that return.

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