Arsenal FC news: Arsene Wenger should have sold Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, and must start picking Olivier Giroud, insists Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney insists Olivier Giroud should be the first name on the Arsenal team sheet.

The Frenchman has had to be content with a bit-part role at The Emirates this season, but has still scored seven goals in all competitions, despite starting most matches on the bench.

Giroud was strongly linked with a move to Everton in the summer, and Rooney feels his club’s loss can be the Gunners’ gain – if Arsene Wenger picks him!

“The one player for me who has to start [for Arsenal] is Olivier Giroud. He scores goals and, every time he comes on he scores. He’s a handful and hard to play against.

“For me, if he was starting games for Arsenal, they would be a better team.”

Rooney also claims Arsenal should have sold contract rebels Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the summer, and believes the pair could go down tools when games become a battle.

“With the two of them not signing contracts in the summer, I think that told you everything,” he added. “The way it is, I don’t think they will be at Arsenal [next season].

“I feel they should have taken the money and looked elsewhere because, although they are top players and it is difficult to let those players leave the football club, when the going gets tough – as it is at the minute for Arsenal – you want players who want to be there and you can put your trust in.

“If they are not going to be there at the end of the season, maybe there are a few question marks.”

Listen to the full interview – when Alan Brazil met Wayne Rooney – at 10am on Sunday morning

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