Olivier Giroud admits he's considering a January exit

Frederick Owens
December 13, 2017

"It is hard to take when you lose a big game, to see the 100 per cent celebration on the other side".

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested that brawling Manchester United and Manchester City players and staff could learn a thing or two about respect from.sumo wrestlers following violent confrontations between the teams at Old Trafford on Sunday.

"That's why I admired sumo in Japan". That shows how deep the culture of respect for each other is there. Is it something you can copy?

He told Arsenal.com: "I think it shows the depth in our squad". It's always experienced a little bit like an offence.

"It's part of the incidents that sometimes can happen in big derbies", he said.

"In fact, you are always very good in the press because you build these things up like it's life or death and after something happens you are surprised", he said at a press conference. It happened to us, it happened to them.

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Arsenal, who are sixth in the table, travel to face West Ham on Wednesday (8pm).

That Pardew clash was actually the last time that Wenger's team lost at West Ham ahead of tomorrow's fixture.

Wenger and his players have been at the centre of such stories themselves, with the Battle of the Buffet in 2004, when Sir Alex Ferguson was hit by a slice of pizza lobbed by Cesc Fabregas, still arguably the greatest of them all.

Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud are pressing for a first start to the season. "Of course. First of all he has played many games, much more than people speak about".

Giroud has not yet started a Premier League game this campaign - with boss Arsene Wenger preferring club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette up front - but he has made an impressive contribution from the bench, scoring four league goals so far. That is not always well known. I can understand the frustration of every player that doesn't play, but that's part of the job when you go to a big club.

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