Tuesday, 5th February, 2013

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud accepts that he is down the pecking order behind Karim Benzema when it comes to France coach Didier Deschamps’ choice of who to lead the line for Les Bleus.

Benzema is currently the number one striking option for France and appears to have his spot firmly locked down, something which Giroud accepts.

However, the former Montpellier man feels being at Arsenal will help his case and make him better prepared to step up to the plate when required.

"I am a second option behind Karim Benzema", Giroud told French daily Le Parisien.

"I do not lack ambition, but I am realistic", he continued.


"I know there is a hierarchy in the France team.

"Obviously you prefer to always be in the starting line-up. I thrive at a big club like Arsenal, win my place and it will allow me to have more status with the national team and move on a little more.

"Now I want to respond when I am called upon."

France are in action tomorrow evening against Germany, a match in which Giroud will hope to have some chance to make an impact.

The striker, who joined Arsenal in the summer from French champions Montpellier, has bagged 14 goals so far this season for the Gunners as he looks to be settling into English football.

At international level, Giroud has won 14 caps for France, but has scored just twice.

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