Arsene Wenger has confirmed Olivier Giroud will be out until at least Christmas time after undergoing surgery yesterday.
Reports that emerged shortly after the Everton match suggesting the Frenchman had a fracture turned out to be true despite our best efforts to deny the inevitable! Wenger certainly evaded making an announcement for as long as possible, but now the truth is out and we can only hope the French manager dips back into a market.
Arsenal have Alexis Sanchez however who produced the type of performance we were hoping for against Besiktas, scoring the winner that almost paid off his transfer fee in one swoop. Wenger was quick to highlight the Chilean is here to play up front and has confirmed he is not close to signing anyone…Yet.
Anyway, Wenger told the press after last nights 1-0 victory at Emirates:
Giroud had surgery today from a broken tibia and he will be out for 3-4 months on the competition side. That means he will be capable to play again in the Premier League certainly at the end of December because he will be out for two months.
By the time he comes back, that goes three to four months. You ask me straight away who we will buy? I give you the answer straight away – at the moment nobody.
Wenger was also quizzed as to whether Monaco striker Ramadel Falcao is in his price range, in which he responded “No”. Whether that was an honest response or not it remains to be seen. We certainly have plenty of money in the bank after the Vela clause payout, the extra cash from Cesc going to the Chavs and the sale of Thomas Vermaelen adding to our already substantial funds.
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Wenger says he will not rule out signing more players and is open to buying in any position, with another defender and striker high on fans wish-lists let alone a defensive midfielder.
We are open for any position as long as we feel that the player can strengthen the squad. Buy to buy, I don’t see the purpose of that. If we find the players who we feel can give something to our squad, we will do it in any position. We are open but it has to be enough to buy. It has to make sense.
The Arsenal boss also denied rumours linking him with Zigic and Danny Welbeck, as well as confirmed Alexis Sanchez was bought as a centre forward rather than a winger and can fill in during Giroud’s absence.
Wenger was asked whether the Chilean can play as a centre forward until Christmas :
For three or four months? He can play there his whole life. I bought him to play as a striker, not to play only on the flanks.
With just four days left of the transfer window it seems like a last minute trolley dash is on the cards. We need another striker but more importantly another centre back. Another defensive midfielder would be nice, but the aforementioned two positions should be the necessities.
Bring in Kosta Manolas for around £8million and we will have the funds to splash big on a decent striker. Am
I took optimistic to hope for the Real Madrid-bound Falcao? Or perhaps Edison Cavani? That’s the bracket of forwards we need. And that would certainly add something new to the team and tick Wenger’s boxes.