By Emma Sanders
Olivier Giroud has has admitted he fears being left behind due to Arsenal’s impressive form while he has been sidelined.
The forward is yet to start in the Premier League this season and has notched up just 92 minutes of substitute appearances since September.
Giroud admitted he was slightly worried at his lack of action and when asked by French newspaper L’Equipe on whether it was the worst start to a season he’s had, he answered with concern.
“Yes, that is possible [Worst start.]” Giroud told L’Equipe, as reported by Goal.
“When I look from the stands at Arsenal, a team that plays well and made a very good start to the season, it seems my train leaves without me and I must not get too far behind.”
The Frenchman has been on the fringes at the Emirates so far, with Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott firing on all fronts in the Arsenal attack.
Arsene Wenger has opted against using a target man this season – a role formerly deployed by Giroud – and has preferred the pace Sanchez offers instead.
The 30-year-old scored his first goals of the season during the 4-1 victory over Sunderland, and he has just three to his name in all competitions.
He did play the full 90 minutes during Arsenal’s 3-2 victory against Ludogorets last week though, scoring during a rare start for the Gunners.
By contrast, Giroud was a key player last season, scoring 24 goals in all competitions, including 16 in 38 league matches, 26 of which he started.