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Wenger Gives Injury Update On Walcott, Giroud, Arteta + Gibbs
Arsene Wenger has given an injury update on Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta and Kieran Gibbs ahead of our game against Besiktas tomorrow.
Giroud limped off the field after turning his ankle when blocking a clearance in the dying seconds of our 2-2 draw with Everton at Goodison Park and he was seen leaving the stadium in a protective boot.
Reports in France on Monday night claimed the striker is set for three months out after scans had apparently revealed a broken bone in his left foot.
Understandably this was a hot topic for discussion at Arsene Wenger’s pre-match press conference today ahead of our clash with Besiktas but the boss gave little away other than to confirm Giroud would miss tomorrow’s game and see a specialist to determine the full extent of the problem.
Arsene also confirmed that Arteta wont feature against the Turks but declared that the skippers ankle injury is ‘short term’, while Gibbs should be back in contention after next months international break.
There was also a short update on Theo Walcott and the attacker is on course to return to full training at the end of the month and should be getting closer to making his first team comeback after the international break too.
Here’s what the boss told Arsenal.com:
on Olivier Giroud…
He 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.
on other team news…
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.
on Kieran Gibbs…
Kieran Gibbs has his hamstring [issue] – I count him as after the break.
on Theo Walcott…
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 Giroud injury is hugely unfortunate but we’re also very lucky it didn’t happen after the window had shut next week. If, as expected, he’s ruled out for three months then Arsene has little choice but to bring in another striker – or so you’d hope anyway.
Thankfully, Arteta, Gibbs and now Walcott should all be available again in the coming weeks. It will be a huge boost to see Theo back in the team and he’ll provide us with another real threat in the final third.