By Amir Mir
Olivier Giroud has returned to Arsenal’s Premier League squad to face Sunderland on Saturday afternoon but fans on Twitter wanted to see him start at the Stadium of Light.
Striker Giroud made a cameo appearance during the 2-0 win over Reading in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, after injuring his ankle against PSG in the Champions League fixture in September.
He played 24 minutes for the north London club, and provided an assist as England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a brace.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Alll righttt that's a pretty good line up! Giroud & Ramsey on the bench ??
— Tanisha✨ (@arsenaltrashh) October 29, 2016
Would have played Giroud upfront and Alexis wide if it were me, then could move Chamberlain alongside Coquelin in midfield.
— Sam (@Sam_AFC17) October 29, 2016
Giroud super sub imo
— Insaf (@InchoPancho) October 29, 2016
Giroud scrappy winner today
— Anita Roza (@arsenaloFka) October 29, 2016
Only Ramsey and Giroud (2 out of 7) would come off the bench and make a difference. Not as strong as we thought #Arsenal
— 494949494949 (@scotts84) October 29, 2016
Annoyed Giroud isn't starting tbh was expecting to see his name on the team sheet
— Dan AFC (@GunnerDJD) October 29, 2016
— hakimi (@nmhakimi_) October 29, 2016
Giroud winner off the bench
— s (@coIkett) October 29, 2016
The France international has been restricted to five appearances in all competitions this season, with injuries and a late start to the season playing its part.
But teammate Alexis Sanchez has been utilised in the forward role by manager Arsene Wenger, as last season’s first-choice striker now has stiff competition for a first-team place.
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