By Amir Mir

Laurent Koscielny believes it will be “complicated” for Oliver Giroud to replace Alexis Sanchez in the Arsenal starting XI.

Forward Sanchez has been utilised as a lone striker by manager Arsene Wenger this term, with the Chilean scoring five goals and providing five assists in nine games in all competitions.

As a result France international Giroud has found it difficult to find a starting berth making four substitute appearances in the Premier League and Champions League.

Defender Koscielny explained the “delicate” situation his France international teammate is facing this season, as he gave an insight into Giroud’s difficulties in getting back into the team.

“It’s a delicate situation for him,” said Koscielny as quoted by ESPN. “We came back late following the Euros. We joined the squad at another time. It took us more time to get fit.

“Olivier needed a little more time than others. Then there is a lot of attacking competition at Arsenal. Alexis Sanchez is playing exceptionally well so it’s complicated to replace him in the starting eleven.”

Giroud scored 16 goals for the north London club last season, as they finished runners-up, but the target-man was criticised by supporters for his 15 game goal drought.

Wenger has added strength to his attacking line this summer by purchasing £17.1 million signing Lucas Perez from Deportivo de La Coruña.

The Spanish forward has scored three goals and provided two assists during this campaign, as the Gunners sit third with 16 points from seven games.

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