Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Olivier Giroud A First Team Player For Me - Arsene Wenger

Olivier Giroud A First Team Player For Me - Arsene Wenger

It is nearly two years since Wilshere lined up from kick-off in a league match for the Gunners, as injury and a loan spell with Bournemouth have kept him out of contention.

But Wilshere has still yet to hear anything from his manager and in the short term he hopes to retain his place for Saturday's visit of struggling Newcastle.

He said: "There's no update, we're in the same position we were in two weeks ago".

"Overall it's frustrating", Wenger said.

Alexis Sanchez has scored just four Premier League goals this campaign.

"I'm concentrating on staying fit and staying in its team".

Wilshere will be hopeful to start playing more extensively after the New Year and the Hammers are one of the teams that are likely to make reinforcements considering that they will be fighting for survival. At the moment that's all I'm focused on.

Olivier Giroud admits he's considering a January exit
I don't think so. "It is hard to take when you lose a big game, to see the 100 per cent celebration on the other side". Wenger played down those comments, though, and said he wants to keep the striker.

Sometimes if you do that, hang in and stick with it then you'll get opportunities and we got one right at the end.

"I have to say that when I came in, we were conceding too many goals and I found that, even in the game against Everton".

West Ham will host Arsenal on Wednesday in a Premier League match.

Arsenal stuttered to a disappointing 0-0 draw at the London Stadium, though things could have been much worse when Javier Hernandez struck the crossbar late on.

But after beating Chelsea on the weekend, Moyes admitted to being "thrilled" with his ever-improving side.

"Everybody wants to show what they can do". I'd snap him up all day long, I really would. Hopefully, maybe on Saturday (away at Stoke) we can get three points. "We need to recover now and get ready".

"It was a really good performance by the players and certainly a disciplined and organised performance again which we have needed in the three games".

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