So according to Arsene Wenger the Arsenal and France international striker Olivier Giroud has yet to start a single game for the Gunners this season is because he had a long summer and got back late and has not been up to speed. Well speed is probably a bad word to use for Giroud but you know what I mean.
Funnily enough though, the big centre forward started for France and scored in their friendly win over Italy at the start of the month. Okay he was replaced at halftime but then he started the next game for Les Bleus a few days later and that time did not come off until the 83rd minute.
Surely he would have been fit enough to start for Arsenal after the international break and it is not as if Wenger does not have history of rushing players back before they are really ready (cough, Ramsey, cough) is it? So there was already something fishy about the manager’s talk of Giroud not being fit and then we got the toe.
So Giroud apparently hurt his toe during the PSG match on Tuesday and that is why he did not even make the bench for the away win at Hull. But if that is true then why did the photos on the Arsenal website the day before show Giroud training?
Has the manager had a fallout with his fellow countryman? Is it just a tactical decision? What do you think is the real reason we have not seen Giroud start a single game for Arsenal this season?