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Arsenal boss to slowly integrate Podolski and Giroud

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that new strike signings Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud will not be fully fit for the beginning of the 2012/13 Premier League campaign.

German international Podolski joined from FC Cologne whilst Frenchman Giroud arrives from Montpellier but both attackers will be slowly worked into the line-up after missing most of the pre-season.

"The players who were out here will have had enough games but some players will have only one game, " he told the Daily Mail.

"Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud may take longer than expected. I cannot play them in pre-season, so I will ease them in the Premier League."

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