Sunday, December 17, 2017
Wayne Rooney insists Olivier Giroud should be the first name on the Arsenal team sheet.
The Frenchman has had to be content with a bit-part role at The Emirates this season, but has still scored seven goals in all competitions, despite starting most matches on the bench.
“The one player for me who has to start [for Arsenal] is Olivier Giroud. He scores goals and, every time he comes on he scores. He’s a handful and hard to play against.
“For me, if he was starting games for Arsenal, they would be a better team.”
“With the two of them not signing contracts in the summer, I think that told you everything,” he added. “The way it is, I don’t think they will be at Arsenal [next season].
“I feel they should have taken the money and looked elsewhere because, although they are top players and it is difficult to let those players leave the football club, when the going gets tough – as it is at the minute for Arsenal – you want players who want to be there and you can put your trust in.
“If they are not going to be there at the end of the season, maybe there are a few question marks.”
Listen to the full interview – when Alan Brazil met Wayne Rooney – at 10am on Sunday morning