Speaking after Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Arsene Wenger praised Olivier Giroud but does this mean the striker should be starting?

Giroud has now scored five goals in 13 appearances so far this season and the majority of these have been from coming off the bench late on.

Against the Bundesliga giants, the Frenchman was no different, coming on in the 74th minute and scoring in the 77th.

“He is a winner,” Wenger said after the win. “He gives us a different option in the air.”

Does this mean the striker should be starting ahead of Theo Walcott or should he remain a super sub?

I’m inclined to believe the latter at this moment in time. Theo hasn’t scored since we faced Leicester City in the Premier League. However, his contribution to our overall game is still vast. Teams are finding it incredibly hard to deal with the speedy forward and he’s a useful tool to have on the pitch. Although Giroud offers something a bit different going forward, it’s useful to have him as a plan B on the bench.

Saying this, if he does continue to consistently come on and score from the bench, he should start to get rewarded with more game time.

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