Some things never seem to change for Arsenal. The Gunners were already struggling a little with a mounting injury list after Kieran Gibbs and Mikel Arteta joined the likes of Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry in the treatment room. And those two injuries were picked up in the first two competitive games of the season.
Surely that was it for a while and it actually looked like we had got some good luck for a change because neither player was going to be out of action for long. Then, BANG, in the very next game, right at the end an innocuous looking incident seems to have left Arsenal without the services of our main, some might say only, centre forward Olivier Giroud.
And according to a report in The Telegraph, the French striker’s ankle problem could mean Arsenal having to do without Giroud for three months. THREE MONTHS for a broken ankle, can you believe it? He has still to have a second scan to see if it really is as serious as first feared but knowing our luck, it will be. The only good side to this is that it happened before the transfer window closes.
I know that some Arsenal fans will see this injury as good news, especially if it forces Arsene Wenger to sign another striker, but I think it will spell the end of our title hopes. Giroud is pivotal to the Gunners system and it was clearly evident at Everton on Saturday how much we can struggle without him. He may not be the best finisher but he is the focal point of our attack and without him we have no physical presence. His link up play is hugely underestimated in my opinion.
The report is talking about someone like Loic Remy or Danny Welbeck being brought in to replace him, but I very much doubt whether they can. What do you think, Gooners?