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Arsenal news: Arsene Wenger refuses to label Olivier Giroud as a back up

The Frenchman marked his comeback to the Arsenal team with a brace against Sunderland.

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News 04 Nov 2016, 00:02 IST
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Olivier Giroud: Not a backup

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to label Olivier Giroud as a backup striker for the team. The French striker has been replaced by Alexis Sanchez at the heart of the attack and, so far, the results have been outstanding as the Chilean has scored 9 goals from 14 games.             

This has led to the conception that Olivier Giroud is now the secondary option to the former Barcelona star. However, Arsene Wenger believes that that is not the case.

"There is no plan B in any squad, I never thought about my players like that," Wenger said in a press conference prior to his team’s highly anticipated clash against Tottenham Hotspurs.

Wenger then went on to say how he selects his team based on the effectiveness it could have for the next game, hence every player is a regular in his eyes.

"The team who is the most effective for the next game, that's what you pick and I consider everyone as a regular player. That is basically what a manager thinks, what is [best] for the next game.

"If he [Giroud] is involved in the next game in your mind, he plays. If not then he doesn't start. He has shown he is a huge asset for the club and I have always supported him."

Le Professeur once again reiterated that he makes decisions based on the opponent and always picks the team that has the right balance to handle the opponent.

"No, again I just consider the next game and try to find the balance with the players to be in a position where they can give their best for the team," the Frenchman said.

Speaking about the returning Aaron Ramsey, Wenger insisted that it will take the Welshman a while before he returns to his best as an injured player doesn’t “come back by magic.”

“Aaron Ramsey has come back from 11 weeks injury you know, he has to come back, you do not come back by magic. It takes time but he can bring us his strengths in every single position - wide or central.”

The former Monaco boss then went to explain how Aaron Ramsey prefers playing centrally, but that he more freedom if he plays on the wings.

"He prefers to play central, to be central, and I can understand that. But when he plays wide he has enough freedom to be central as well.”

Arsenal have turned things around since their opening day defeat to Liverpool and are currently on a 15-game unbeaten streak in all competitions.

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