Wenger ready for Sanchez, Giroud Arse­nal team-up

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Arsene Wenger says he could pair Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud in at­tack af­ter they net­ted a brace apiece to down Sun­der­land.

France striker Giroud came from the bench to score with his first two touches dur­ing the 4-1 win which took the Gun­ners top of the Premier League for a cou­ple of hours.

Giroud has had to make do with four sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ances this sea­son and, be­fore Satur­day, he had yet to score.

But Wenger hailed his match-turn­ing front­man and said there was no rea­son why he and Sanchez could not play to­gether.

“The headache is easy when you score goals. It is a headache when you don’t score,’ he said.

“Some­times I can play them (Sanchez and Giroud) to­gether in a 4-4-2, be­cause Me­sut Ozil can play be­hind or on the flank, or some­times I can play them sep­a­rately.

“Sanchez is do­ing ex­tremely well. He en­joys that role (up front alone).

“When they score goals you have no headache. We play ev­ery three days. It is sim­ple. No-one can play all the games.

“Every­body should get the num­ber of games they want. Let’s not cre­ate prob­lems when we have none at the mo­ment!’

“The first two balls Olivier touched were goals. That shows when you have qual­ity on the bench it is easy to make good de­ci­sions.”

Arse­nal had won six on the spin be­fore last week’s goal­less draw at home to Mid­dles­brough, and Wenger said: ‘An­other game with­out a win would cre­ate un­cer­tainty.

“But I am happy with per­for­mance and re­sult. We missed many chances in a game that should have been over, but we kept go­ing and won com­fort­ably in the end.”

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