Date: 12th August 2017 at 5:52pm
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Olivier Giroud has said he was pleased to continue his record as a super sub as he found the net in the game against Leicester City on Friday evening.

Giroud has scored more goals than anybody else as a substitute since 2016/17, having notched seven times. Nolito and Michy Batshuayi are the nearest sat on four.

Having hit the winner against Leicester and joined Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey on the scoresheet in the four three victory as we battled back from behind, Giroud told Sky Sports that whilst he was pleased with that record, he’s obviously hoping to get far more starts this coming campaign.

‘It’s a nice stat but I prefer to be on the pitch. But, as much as I can, I try to help the team to reach our targets.’

With game time often a topic that surrounds Giroud, whether he gets the starts he’s after remains to be seen, but Arsene Wenger told the Official Site that he was extremely pleased with the variety of attack that both Lacazette and Giroud provide us and he felt we saw that in the Leicester game.

‘We saw a lot of variety going forward. I changed a lot during the game and overall I think the players adapted well to what I asked them to do in different positions. In the end the remarkable spirit of people like Olivier Giroud paid off again. Alex Lacazette adapted well on the left when I put him there and Olivier through the middle. I think he (Alex) has also shown quality tonight and that he will be an important player for the team.’

He added about the game itself.

‘For my heart, it`s better if I don`t suffer like that. But overall I liked the quality we produced and the spirit we have shown. It seemed a continuity of what we did at the end of last season. It`s good for the players when you`re in a difficult situation that you can get around it and tonight we have shown that we have quality going forward. We had 27 shots, we had 70 per cent possession, we want to play football. It would have been a shame to lose the game and I`m so pleased that we started with a win. We have seen again that it`s difficult to win in the Premier League. Everybody is organised and fit. For a first game, it was a cracker from the two teams.’

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