Giroud gives Wenger selection poser for Hammers clash


It is thought that Mourinho and his United players were angered by the level of the post-game celebrations in the City dressing room. Something happens and you are surprised.

"It is hard to take when you lose a game, to see the celebration. It's always a little bit like an offence and that's why when I was in Japan I had sumo, because sumo you never can tell who victor is", he is quoted as saying by the Evening Standard. That shows how deep the culture of respect for each other is there. "I don't think so because it's not part of our culture".

It was Giroud's 17th goal as a substitute in the Premier League, matching the record he now jointly holds with former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But ahead of facing West Ham on Wednesday, where Wenger may have to rotate his squad following a short rest period, the Arsenal boss insists Giroud is no super-sub.

"It's a remarkable achievement what he has done again today", Wenger said. "I have plenty of good strikers. When you have three games like we have this week in six days, there is an opportunity for them to start". I speak to all my players individually and it's hard to speak openly about those conversations. If you look at his career, and the amount of French caps he's won since he came here, he has not wasted his time. "I can understand his frustrations", Wenger added.

The future of Mesut Ozil remains in doubt, though, with the 29-year-old's current contract at Arsenal set to expire at the end of the season. Each time I go onto the pitch, it's to be more clinical and keep on track for the World Cup, ' said Giroud.

Wenger even took a swipe at the media for the shock and outrage that has followed the Old Trafford bust-up, suggesting that the pre-game game had been taken too far.