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Deschamps explains snubbing Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been snubbed by France coach Didier Deschamps.

Giroud has yet to make a start for Arsenal since returning from Euro 2016, completing less than an hour in three substitute appearances in the Premier League and also being sidelined with an injury to his big toe.

Deschamps hinted that the toe injury may still be cause for concern for Giroud, who Arsene Wenger rates as a doubt for Sunday's trip to Burnley, but assured the Arsenal striker that he still remains a valued part of the French setup.

"The important thing is to have players at 100 percent," he said. "I wish that he, like all the players, had as much playing time as possible because like every player he needs to be in the rhythm, repeat effort match after match over 90 minutes.

"I'm not going to worry now. Of course he too wants more playing time. There have been times in recent years when he has played less and he has always managed to turn things round. I don't call into question what I think of him, what he has done, and what he can do with us."

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