Olivier Giroud out until the new year

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will be missing from action until early January, reports talkSPORT. The forward had been waiting on a scan to determine the exact nature of his injury, and a fracture in his ankle will keep him sidelined for months.

The knock was picked up during the latter stages of Arsenal’s two-two draw with Everton last weekend, a game in which Giroud scored the equaliser. The player was not directly challenged for the ball, but he pulled up in pain upon landing. The extent of the injury was hard to determine at first, but the bad news has now been dealt to Arsenal and their fans.

It remains unclear whether Wenger will delve back into the transfer market to find a replacement, or else stick with the squad that he currently has at his disposal. ‘We will try to look around but we want quality and we have quality,’ said the manager as he mused over what his next move would be.

Alexis Sanchez played as a striker for the Gunners against Besiktas on Wednesday night, scoring the only goal of the game to see the North London side through to the Champions’ League group stage. The Chilean international would be the most likely candidate to fill in for Giroud, with other possibilities including Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski and the returning Theo Walcott. There are 4 days left of the transfer window, however, in which Wenger might look to bring in another fresh face.

Updated: August 28, 2014 — 3:13 pm
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