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. Giroud was strongly linked with a move to Everton in the summer, and Rooney feels his club’s loss can be the Gunners’ gain – if Arsene Wenger picks him!
“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.” Rooney also claims Arsenal should have sold contract rebels Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the summer, and believes the pair could go down tools when games become a battle.
“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].