Arsenal: Why is This Gunners Star Frustrated With Arsene Wenger?

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Arsene Wenger at Emirates Stadium, London, November 27. Wenger has opted for Alexis Sanchez over Olivier Giroud for much of the season. Shaun Botterill/Getty

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud is "frustrated" about his lack of playing time at the Emirates Stadium this season, according to team-mate Theo Walcott.

Giroud, a 30-year-old France international, has had to settle for a place on the bench in the Premier League for Arsenal, having not started a single game so far this season.

Arsene Wenger has opted instead for Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, and Walcott believes this will be irritating for his team-mate in attack.

"Olivier's strengths are fantastic," Walcott said.

"I know he will be frustrated with the amount of games he has not played but, if you look at his scoring record and how effective he has been when he has been on the pitch; again [on Sunday against Bournemouth], coming off the bench and grabbing an assist.

"It just shows he keeps on reminding the manager what he can do."

In the past seven games in all competitions for the Gunners, Giroud has scored five goals, twice coming off the bench to salvage points for Wenger's side.

Arsenal faces a trip to West Ham United on Saturday, as it sits fourth in the Premier League table.