Arsenal just cannot seem to catch a break these days. Match results, injuries, everything that could go wrong is going wrong for us. Wilshere is definitely out for the game against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, and now it appears that French striker Olivier Giroud will not feature as well.
The striker picked up an injury early in the season, in the game against Everton. The resulting broken leg was supposed to keep him sidelined until the New Year at least. However, Giroud has made an amazing recovery and came on as a substitute in the game against United, scoring a screamer from 22 yards. This was the only moment worth remembering in an otherwise depressing game, and it showed us how much we have missed Giroud (or any proper finisher, for that matter).
After that game, most would pick Giroud over Welbeck for the game against Dortmund. We need only one point to ensure that we qualify for the knockout stages, and a victory over the Germans would do wonders for team morale. However, it appears that the French striker will have to watch from the stands since he is not eligible for selection.
What happened was this; since the player was not expected back until New Year, the team management picked a squad without him in it and submitted it to the UEFA. Why they felt the need to leave him out is beyond me, it’s not like all 25 players are going to feature anyways. However, since Giroud is not on the list, he cannot play in our remaining group stage matches. Come January, Arsenal can submit another list for the Knockout stages and we will register Giroud then, but for now we will have to do without the Frenchman.
This means that Danny Welbeck is guaranteed another start and yet another chance to impress. The Englishman scored a scintillating hat trick against Galatasaray in the Champions League at the Emirates only a short while ago. Maybe this competition will bring out the best in him again, and we sure as hell could use it.