By James Strudwick

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud is set to start his first game this season against Reading in the League Cup this week, according to The Daily Mirror.

The French striker has so far made four substitute appearances for the club this season, including coming on in the second half against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

However, that game against the Ligue 1 champions did not go well for the forward as he was sent off in injury time for a second yellow card after an altercation with Marco Verratti, who also received the same treatment from the referee.

The 30-year-old returned to Arsenal late after reaching the final of the European Championships in July with France and coupled with the toe injury he picked up, the former Montpellier man has fallen down Arsene Wenger’s list of preferred forwards.

“I don’t know. We’ll see. Physically he has no problem, he’s still not completely there but he’s better and might be in the squad on Tuesday,” the Arsenal boss commented at a press conference.

“Yes, it’s difficult. I think overall our collective performance was less smooth, less fluent, the speed of our combinations was more ‘I give you, you give me…’ That lacked a bit of pace.”

In 2015-16, his fourth season with the North London side, Giroud scored 24 goals in all competitions and the Frenchman will be hoping he can get himself back to a standard where he can secure a starting place to beat that total this season.


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