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Olivier Giroud ready to seize Arsenal moment as Wenger looks long-term

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Olivier Giroud hopes to stake a claim for greater involvement at Arsenal by impressing on his first start of the season against Ludogorets Razgrad on Tuesday. The France international is convinced his “turn will come” after a slow start to his campaign.

The striker returned to training late after helping France reach the final of Euro 2016 and, after his cameo against Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes was curtailed by a red card, saw his progress further disrupted by a niggling toe injury aggravated on international duty. Giroud came off the bench at Sunderland to score with his first two touches in Saturday’s 4-1 victory – his first goals of the season – and is expected to start against the Bulgarians at the Vasil Levski stadium as Arsenal seek to extend their involvement in the competition beyond Christmas for a 17th consecutive season.

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