Arsenal blow as key man picks up injury ahead of Tottenham showdown

By on November 11, 2017

arsenal's olivier giroud

Arsenal have their first injury concern of the international break after Olivier Giroud picked up a knock during France’s 2-0 win over Wales on Friday night.

Giroud scored in the 71st minute with a fine left-footed strike to make it 2-0 in Paris but unfortunately he was withdrawn just two minutes later by Didier Deschamps and replaced by team mate Alexandre Lacazette.

The 31-year-old was seen wearing bandaging around his left thigh while sat on the bench and was also holding an ice-pack to his leg as France eased to a 2-0 win.

It turns out Giroud picked up an injury during the warm-up and he confirmed to reporters after the game that he had taken two anti-inflammatories to help him play last night.

The Arsenal front-man appeared to suggest the injury is only minor but he’s still unsure whether he’ll be available for France’s next friendly against Germany next Tuesday.

Giroud told reporters, via the Metro.

‘It will be difficult [to play against Germany],’

‘It’s a small muscular problem. I put on a strap and took one or two anti-inflammatories and it allowed me to play [against Wales]. I cannot tell you more for Tuesday at the moment.’

I hope Arsene Wenger is furious that Giroud played in a friendly last night despite carrying an injury but we’ll have to wait and see how the problem settles over the coming days.

Right now, Giroud is a minor doubt to face Tottenham next weekend but his chances of making the NLD will decrease if he’s ruled out of the Germany game on Tuesday.

We welcome Spurs to the Emirates in just 7 days time and although Giroud is no longer a first team regular, he’s still a dangerous weapon to have available on the bench and he’s got a great record of scoring against our north London rivals.

So I personally hope his injury isn’t serious and he’s able to make the squad next Saturday as we’d be weaker without having Giroud to call upon from the bench if needed.