By Emma Sanders

Olivier Giroud is happy to fight for his place in Arsenal’s starting line-up and has said “my turn will come” as he continues to make a full recovery from injury.

The striker came off the bench to score two goals in five minutes against Sunderland on Saturday as Arsenal recorded a commanding 4-1 victory.

Giroud’s introduction kick-started a surge from Arsenal, who found themselves level with the relegation battlers after Jermain Defoe equalised from the spot.

It was the Frenchman’s fourth league appearance this season and he is yet to start a game, but Giroud insists he will bide his time patiently on the bench and continue to work hard.

“It’s good to be back in contention. In every big club you have a lot of good strikers with different qualities and the team has been doing very well since the start of the season,” said Giroud, as reported by The Independent.

“I’m happy as long as the team are winning and I’ve seen we have good cohesion as a side so I’m not questioning myself too much about my place.

“I’m just concentrating on what I have to do on the pitch. My turn will come.”

Giroud was a pivotal figure for Arsenal last season, scoring 16 goals in 38 league appearances but was hit with an injury this season after a late return from Euro 2016.

In his absence, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have excelled while Aaron Ramsey is also back in contention following his return from injury against Sunderland.

In other Arsenal news, they have a fresh injury scare ahead of their Champions League clash against Ludogorets.