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Giroud - How I won my place back

Olivier Giroud recently became the first Arsenal player in almost nine years to score in five successive matches - an impressive stat when you consider the tough start to the season he had.

The France international was injured after the end of the European Championship and had to wait until November 1 before starting a game for us.

“It’s always hard when you see the team doing well and you’re not on the pitch,” Giroud said. “You can’t show what you want to do, what you can do.

“I tried to bring my small cog to the machine when I came in. I was lucky to make a difference against Sunderland and Manchester United, and after I played two games in the Champions League and scored again.

“Step by step, I came back well and you see the confidence was getting higher and higher. I never doubted my quality, it was just about having game time.

“When you have time to show what you can do on the pitch, it’s better for a striker. I want to carry on like that and keep the efficiency high.

“I’ve always tried to bring something to the team and I was very pleased to score important goals, especially in the last minutes of games. But as I’ve said before, we need to be stronger at the beginning of games because I’m not going to score goals in the last minute every week!”

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