That was a very interesting statement by Arsene Wenger in the the pre-match conference for Sunday’s game of Burnley v Arsenal. I know he’s French, but he has been in England for many years and certainly understands the nuances of the language.
So this is what I find strange. When he was asked about the team news for this weekend’s game (as confirmed on Arsenal.com) he replied: “Giroud will be out, he will not come back.” Does that just mean that he is going to miss the game? Or does he really mean “He will not come back”. The fact is that Giroud was obviously in a very aggressive mood when he came on the pitch against PSG in his last appearance, and swiftly got sent off for two yellows and looked very unhappy.
Since then Wenger has intimated that Olivier has a toe injury and is in the teatment room so is not available to play, but does anyone really believe that story? He had this apparent toe injury before the PSG game, but has he now had a repeat of the same toe injury after getting sent off? Is that believable?
Wenger has made it clear that Sanchez is now the first choice striker, and Lucas Perez scored twice in his first start in that position, so is the French Number Nine very very upset with being dropped by Le Prof. Has he had an argument with the Boss and been pushed onto the sidelines? I think this is very possible going by the signals coming out of the Emirates.
Am I just imagining this scenario? Or is the evidence clear enough?