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Arsenal boss offers injury update on Cazorla & Giroud
Arsene Wenger gave the latest on the fitness of Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud after Arsenal were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by Middlesbrough at the Emirates on Saturday.
Cazorla was ruled out of the game today after being forced off early in the second half during the 6-0 Champions League win over Ludogorets in midweek with an achilles injury.
Arsene admitted after the game that he’ll be cautious with the problem due to Cazorla’s history with his achilles so it came as no surprise that he was left out of the squad for the Boro game.
The diminutive Spaniard was sorely missed as we produced a lackluster performance that lacked creativity in midfield so fans have been eager to hear how long he’ll be on the sidelines for.
However, Wenger was reluctant to offer any fixed comeback date for the midfielder as he told reporters he had no idea when Cazorla would be available again – which sounds pretty ominous to be honest.
There was some positive news though as Wenger also confirmed that Giroud could make his long-awaited return to action during our League Cup clash with Reading on Tuesday night.
Giroud hasn’t featured since injuring his toe during our 1-1 draw at PSG last month and was also a huge miss today as we lacked a plan B to try and open up a resolute Middlesbrough defence.
But it looks as though the French international could be back in action in midweek and a solid run-out against Reading should put him in contention for next weekend’s trip to Sunderland.
Here is what Wenger told Arsenal.com:
on when Giroud and Cazorla will return…
Cazorla – I don’t really know because we have to see how he recovers on Monday and Giroud could be in the squad on Tuesday night. We have a game on Tuesday night here, so maybe he will be available to be in the squad on Tuesday.