Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed the unavailability of Olivier Giroud for the rest of the year after the Frenchman underwent an ankle surgery.
The French international striker suffered an ankle injury in the closing stages of Arsenal’s match against Everton. Giroud came on as a substitute in that game and scored the important equalizer in the dying moments of the match with a powerful header, but that draw came at a price for Arsenal as the 27-year-old picked up an injury.
Initial diagnosis didn’t show any major cause for concern, but later it was revealed that the Frenchman’s injury is serious and he was forced to undergo an ankle surgery. Giroud could possibly be out for four months and is unlikely to play this year. Arsene Wenger has confirmed this news after Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Besiktas last night.
“The news is that he had surgery today and the surgery went well but he will be out – maybe to be competitive at the top, top level – until the end of December, beginning of January.” – The Arsenal manager said in his post-match interview.
Giroud’s injury has left the Gunners terribly short of options upfront with Yaya Sanogo being the only out-and-out striker left in the squad. The youngster is highly inexperienced and also has questionable fitness record to rely upon for such a long period. Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell are two other options, but none of them are proven goal scorers. New signing Alexis Sanchez, who was asked to lead the line of attack in absence of Giroud in the last two matches, could continue in that role as Arsene Wenger insisted that the Chilean international was signed to play upfront.
Sanchez did score the winner against Besiktas last night, but he has mostly played as a wide forward for Barcelona and as an inside forward for Chile, it will be interesting to see how well he adapts to the role of being the lone man upfront for the Gunners. Wenger insisted that Giroud’s injury wouldn’t force the club to buy a new striker as he believes that the squad already has enough players to fill in that role.
“We will try to look around but we want quality and we have quality. I bought Sanchez to be a striker and I think Walcott can be a good striker as well.
“Sanogo can be a good striker, Podolski can play there and Campbell if you ask what he is, he’s a striker. They are players of quality and we will see.
“We will concede in England that every time you have a problem you can’t just buy. After the first of September you still have to live with it.” – Wenger added.