Arsenal legend Wright on who will lose out when Olivier Giroud returns

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes it is actually the Frenchman who will have to settle for a place on the bench.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes there may be no place for the returning Olivier Giroud in the club's first choice XI.

The Frenchman is scheduled to return to training after the international break, having missed the past two months with a foot injury.

In that time the Gunners front line has taken on a new shape, with Danny Welbeck signed and Alexis Sanchez stepping up to the fore.

Asked on BBC Radio 5 606 how he would line Arsenal up when Giroud returns, Ian Wright responded: "I'd play Welbeck, Theo and I'd play Sanchez.

"I'd play Theo coming off the right, I'd play Sanchez behind Welbeck, he's a saviour."

The snub underlines the challenge facing Giroud, with Danny Welbeck's pace and movement a factor the injured star does not have in his own armoury.

Giroud offers an alternative with his physical presence, but whether it is a better one, is up to him to prove.

It's unlikely manager Arsene Wenger will suddenly drop Welbeck, instead it will be up to the Frenchman to play his way into the side with minutes from the bench.

Theo Walcott's re-introduction from injury also pushes Wenger into opting for an attack based on speed, with which Giroud does not compare with Sanchez or Welbeck.

It's not to suggest his chance at Arsenal has disappeared, but he currently faces his biggest challenge for a place since he signed for the Gunners, and compared to last season when he was almost assured of his place week-in and week-out, that's a step in the right direction.

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