Arsenal are still sweating on the length of Olivier Giroud’s absence with reports suggesting he faces a three month layoff with a broken foot.
We broke the news last night that the Frenchman could face as many as 12 weeks on the sidelines with a suspected fractured foot, and Wenger remained coy on the extent of the injury – choosing to focus talks on tomorrow nights key clash with Besiktas.
Arsenal are struggling with options up front at present with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Yaya Sanogo not firing on all cylinders, and now it appears the Gunners best centre forward is facing a lengthy layoff – but never fear, the transfer window is still open..Right?
Wenger provided an update of Giroud’s situation and confirmed the striker will undergo further examinations before an announcement is made.
The Arsenal boss said at his pre-match press conference:
He [Giroud] will not play tomorrow and he will see a specialist tomorrow. After that we will make an announcement of how long he will be out for.
[on it being a long-term injury] It can be. We will see tomorrow.
[on whether it’s a broken foot] I don’t know, it’s sad for us but at the moment we are focused on tomorrow’s game.
There is some better news however with Mikel Arteta, Kieran Gibbs and Theo Walcott all expected to make their returns to first team training after the upcoming international break.
Mikel Arteta is still out from his ankle injury. He is quite a short term injury, he could be back quite quickly. Everyone else is available.
Kieran Gibbs has his hamstring [issue] – I count him as after the break.
Theo is doing well but we will respect the timing [of his return]. The timing is end of the month to join in again, after the break I think he will be in full training.
The news of Giroud’s injury is extremely unfortunate and damaging. Whether this forces Wenger into the market remains to be seen, surely it will. He is well aware of our shortcomings up front and he has since taken a U-turn on Lukas Podolski’s future and the German looks set to stay.
Massive boost to have Arteta and Walcott returning soon, same too for Gibbs who hopefully should be good to face Manchester City.
Big match tomorrow night – COYG!