"I'm not happy in my Arsenal substitute role" claims Olivier Giroud

09/11/16

Olivier Giroud still sees his future at Arsenal despite losing his starting role to Alexis Sanchez, but admitted he is "not happy" with his current situation.

The France striker has seen Sanchez become Arsene Wenger's first-choice centre-forward this season and has only made one start after returning late from Euro 2016 and then suffering a toe injury.

But he said he has no plans to leave the Emirates and is determined to win his place back.

"I see my future at Arsenal for another two or three years, the date my contract ends," Giroud told l'Equipe. "I feel good here and I want to play at the highest level for as long as possible. I still feel I've got the gas to do it. After, for sure I'd prefer to be playing, but it will be for me to find my place."

Giroud showed he can still contribute as a substitute, coming on to score two goals in the 4-1 league win at Sunderland last month, and also netted after starting against Ludogorets in the Champions League last week.

While Giroud made it clear he's not happy on the bench, he also said he's not about to make any demands to Wenger.

"I have not knocked on Arsene's office. We'll see, I'm not worried, my time will come. He's always supported me in the difficult times and I have every confidence he'll keep doing so," Giroud said. "I won't lie, there have been times I've been disappointed and not happy with my situation.

"But the coach knows that. He's the one who makes the choices. I'll fight for my place. What's happening today is the story of my career. It's endless in football.

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