Olivier Giroud has received a vote of confidence from Didier Deschamps.
Arsenal are flying, but striker Olivier Giroud is on the outside looking in.
The striker was left out of the starting line-up for the club's win over Manchester United, and on the basis of the team's win and performance, faces a tough battle to win his spot back from Theo Walcott.
He has had a poor month, sent off in the club's opening Champions League game, a defeat to Dinamo Zagreb.
Giroud did earn a spot in the French international squad, and coach Didier Deschamps has given him his backing, while admitting the striker is not happy with his situation.
He told 20minutes.fr: "It's hard, it's a difficult time for him. Obviously, (his) confidence has declined."
Giroud even faces competition for his international place not only from Karim Benzema and Alexandre Lacazette, but from Manchester United striker Anthony Martial.
The Arsenal star was booed in his country's last friendly after spurning chances, but Deschamps still believes.
He added: "The fact that he's here, this is also to say that I trust him."
Giroud has scored three goals in nine appearances in all competitions for Arsenal this season.