Wenger Gives Injury Update On Walcott, Giroud, Arteta + Gibbs

By on August 26, 2014

Olivier Giroud Arsenal

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.


  1. rob

    August 26, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Will somebody get on twitter and tell wenger to sign remy ffs!! Yh he mite not be world class but how hard would it be to sign him?! I don’t exactly know how it works would we be able to get him b4 champs league match he wants champs league surely he would score aswell imagine that!! Com on wenger

  2. rob

    August 26, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Oh and what does wenger mean sad for us(on girouds injury) he should have signed striker to replace van pursestrings long time ago yh giroud is good and we will miss him this is why arsene you should have signed another striker

  3. Dennis Afia

    August 27, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I use to so much like wenger, but now I no more do. How can a club like arsenal b dealing with only one so call ‘world class’ striker without thinking about d unxpcted? We claimed we play like Barcelona can some one c d threatening number of attackers in their squad? wenger is still bent on only d biznss aspct in dis our promising squad n unless smth different happens it would continue to be old govt, new style, old dance. I still feel d pain of d humiliating scores we had in d hands of our harsh rivals last season n memory of d 8-2 masacca by man u is still printed in ma heart. D world of football is changing but wenger remains adamant, I strongly think wenger should go away after his contract expires if we could not win d premier League n do something different in d champions league

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