By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Martin Keown has insisted Olivier Giroud should be concerned that he was on the bench for Arsenal in their midweek clash against Paris Saint-Germain.
Giroud has not started one of the Gunners’ five matches this season after his Euro 2016 exertions and was sent off after coming on in the 1-1 draw in Paris.
Alexis Sanchez spearheaded the attack against PSG after new signing Lucas Perez led the front line in the 2-1 win over Southampton last Saturday.
Speaking on Friday, manager Arsene Wenger said Giroud suffered “a little knock” in midweek and he would make a late check on the Frenchman before naming his squad for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Hull.
Asked in a question-and-answer session what he thought about Wenger omitting Giroud against PSG, ex-Arsenal defender and BBC pundit Keown told the Mail Online: “If I was Olivier Giroud, I’d be a little concerned not to have started against Paris Saint-Germain.
“Going with Alexis Sanchez shows that Wenger wants pace in that central position. Giroud was sent off against PSG and he might have gone on a little too fired up wanting to prove why he should start.”
Arsenal visit Hull for their next assignment on Saturday as they aim to build on a four-match unbeaten run, including wins in their last two league encounters.
In other Arsenal team news, this is the expected starting XI for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Hull.