As expected from the initial scan, Arsenal will have to face a long time without our first choice centre forward Olivier Giroud. Arsene Wenger revealed the news after the Gunners narrowly made it into the group stage of the Champions League.
The boss revealed that his fellow Frenchman has already had surgery on his fratured Tibia and that he does not expect the striker to be fully match fit again until the end of December, so that is a massive and damaging four months of football without last season’s top scorer.
Wenger also suggested that the Gunners have plenty of options up front, mentioning Alexis Sanchez, Walcott, Sanogo, Podolski and Campbell. None of those, however, has the same skills and attributes of the big man so I am hoping that Wenger will bring in another top class forward this week.
The rest of the injury news is pretty good for the Gunners. THeo Walcott is due back in full training very soon and he should be back in action shortly after the international break. Maybe Man City on the 13th will be a bit too soon but we will see and he should definitely be ready for the trip to Aston Villa the following week.
We should also have Arteta, Gibbs and Gnabry back after the international break, while the new keeper David Ospina is expected to be in the squad for the trip to Leicester this weekend. So apart from Giroud, it looks like Wenger is going to have a full squad to choose from very soon.