Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that he had to be ‘calmed down’ by manager Arsene Wenger.
The France international has recently returned to competitive action, having broken his leg in August.
Giroud was initially expected to be sidelined until the New Year, but he has already made three appearances in the Premier League since November 22.
The 28-year-old came on as a substitute against Manchester United and Southampton at the Emirates Stadium, while starting the clash against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
Giroud has now revealed his eagerness to start playing and how Wenger has been urging him to take things slowly.
“I feel good,” the 28-year-old told Arsenal’s official website. “I told the boss I am ready to play every game, so he calmed me down a little bit and told me, ‘we need to preserve you a little bit.
“‘You’ve come back from injury after three months and we don’t have to go too quickly. Let’s take the time to come back well because we are not in a rush. We are going to play a lot of games in December and January’.”
Arsenal are currently sixth in the Premier League table with 23 points from 14 matches, just two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.