Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud insists he’s not worried about his place in the line-up following Danny Welbeck’s arrival at the club, and believes the pair can play alongside one another.
Giroud, 28, has been out of action since breaking his leg against Everton in August, with his injury prompting manger Arsene Wenger to sign Welbeck from Manchester United in a £16 million deadline day deal.
The France international had been ruled out until the New Year, but has returned sooner than expected, with Wenger confirming that he will be available for this Saturday's Premier League meeting with Manchester United.
With £31 million Alexis Sanchez also added over the summer, the former Montpellier star could have a hard time earning back his spot in starting XI, but he believes that all three forwards will complement each other well, and even stresses that Welbeck’s addition was much-needed.
"We needed another striker," he told the Telegraph. "It's good for competition. I think it will be better for the strikers to have plenty of options up front. I am happy with that.
"If you are good on the pitch, good in training you will have your chance. I'm not worried about my place. I have a strong mentality, I will be back. I think it was the best solution to buy Danny. He is an important player for us, like Alexis. They have been doing well but I think there is still a place for me in this team.
“Danny likes to move a lot. I think me, Danny and Alexis are complementary. All three together? Why not?"
Wenger, however, doesn’t seem to be quite so sure, telling reports ahead of Arsenal's showdown with United: “There’s always a fight because we have a lot of offensive options.
“Welbeck can play in different positions up front and there is room for both of them to start in some games but, of course, it is a fight.”