CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud is happy to put the team first

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates

Olivier Giroud insists he will put Arsenal’s push for silverware ahead of his own desire to hold down a first-team place - but believes his time will come.

The 30-year-old has yet to start a game for the Gunners this season but is in line to break that run when they face Ludogorets in Bulgaria on Tuesday night looking to seal a safe passage into the knockout rounds of the Champions League.

“I’m just concentrating on what I have to do on the pitch. My time will come,” he said.

“Obviously I’d prefer to be on the pitch, but I came back late from the Euros. I was not fit enough to play first and then, unfortunately, after I had an annoying injury I needed to take my time to come back as soon as possible. I’m very pleased to come back now.

“In every big club you have a lot of good strikers, with different qualities,” he said.

“We (he and Sanchez) can play together, we can play up front, or on our own. The team is doing very well, from the start of the season.”