In Summary
  • The France international has fallen behind club-record signing and compatriot Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order this season but has come off the bench in all of the Gunners' games so far this season.
  • Danny Welbeck also appears to be ahead of Giroud in the manager's thoughts, but the 30-year-old is likely to get a rare chance to impress from the start in Thursday's Europa League clash with Cologne.

LONDON

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud admitted on Wednesday that he came close to leaving the club in the close season before deciding to stay because his "story is not over".
The France international has fallen behind club-record signing and compatriot Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order this season but has come off the bench in all of the Gunners' games so far this season.

Danny Welbeck also appears to be ahead of Giroud in the manager's thoughts, but the 30-year-old is likely to get a rare chance to impress from the start in Thursday's Europa League clash with Cologne.

Manager Arsene Wenger will make a number of changes as Arsenal play in the competition for the first time in 17 years, with Giroud expected to be one of several alterations.

The forward, who scored a late winner in the opening-day Premier League victory against Leicester City, has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place at the Emirates Stadium and admitted he nearly quit over the summer having been linked with the likes of Everton and West Ham United.

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