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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 June 2018

Arsene Wenger: Olivier Giroud ready to fight for his place at Arsenal

Frenchman lost his place in starting XI to Alexis Sanchez last term and could be further bumped by arrival of countryman Alexandre Lacazette

Olivier Giroud of Arsenal passes against N'Golo Kante of Chelsea during the pre-season friendly match at Birds Nest Stadium on July 22, 2017 in Beijing, China. Yifan Ding / Getty Images
Olivier Giroud of Arsenal passes against N'Golo Kante of Chelsea during the pre-season friendly match at Birds Nest Stadium on July 22, 2017 in Beijing, China. Yifan Ding / Getty Images

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud wants to stay at the club and fight for his place despite the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, manager Arsene Wenger has said.

Giroud struggled for opportunities at Arsenal last season, starting 11 league games after losing his spot to Alexis Sanchez in the lineup.

The 30-year-old France international could be further bumped down the pecking order by compatriot Lacazette, who arrived at the Emirates Stadium from Lyon for a reported to £46.5 million (Dh222m).

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"Giroud fancies the competition," Wenger told reporters. "As a manager, you have him on your back, wanting to play.

"He fights hard, you know. I like the way he responds to what's happening. He is focused and determined and showed that on the [pre-season] tour."

Arsenal continue their preparations for the 2017/19 Premier League campaign back in London with a game against Portuguese giants Benfica at Emirates Stadium on Saturday and Spanish side Sevilla Sunday.

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