Giroud not fully fit yet – More striker worries for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger must be very worried about Arsenal’s striking options ahead of next week’s visit to Manchester United. Lucas Perez, Chuba Akpom and Danny Welbeck are out injured with little hope of a return for any of them before Christmas. The latest news from Chile about Alexis Sanchez’s hamstring is very very worrying, and Yaya Sanogo is …. well, Yaya Sanogo!

So, unless Arsenal get very lucky with a rapid recovery from Alexis (extremely unlikely) it would seem that our only recognised centre-forward is Olivier Giroud, who has hardly kicked a ball all season, but came of the bench to score twice against Sunderland, but is he ready to play a full 90 minutes now or next week? The answer is no, according to the French coach Didier Deschamps..

France play Sweden in a World Cup Qualifier this evening, and Deshamps said in the pre-match conference: “He [Giroud] is not 100 per cent fit, I know it and he knows it too,” Deschamps said.

“He has started one match [this season] because he was injured, and that is why he couldn’t be with us last month. But do not interpret that in one way or in another.

“I took him in September even though he hadn’t played, and he played the first and the second game.

“I know what Olivier is able to do and Kevin [Gameiro] too. All this plays a part in my thinking.”

So this would appear to indicate that Giroud will not be starting tonight, but maybe he could be used as a supersub later on in the game, which is hardly going to help getting him match-fit for Arsenal next week.

So what are the chances of him starting against Man United?



  1. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    Remember last year when completely depleted United team with youngsters managed to beat us with ease?

    Well now it looks we are depleting by the day. I wonder which Arsenal team will show up this time?

  2. Koss says:

    Is Sanogo still an Arsenal player? seriously……..

    1. bran99 says:

      and in le prof’s plans

  3. TR7 says:

    and you thought it was a good idea to loan out JC28 and leave Sanogoal in da squad.?

    1. Krish says:

      JC28 was the one who wanted to leave and only a star player should be kept at all costs even if they want to leave imo, i think if JW10 or JC28 want to prove their qualities fair enough and giving them the chance is the right choice

  4. Kumagaya says:

    19th is far and this dude ahould be able to get fit@OG. Meanwhile, Sanogo is available and wenger will probably assess him thext thursday. The last time ichecked he was having a back problem. This was one year ago. Manure we r able to defeat. Hope Carzola is back and OG. If not Ozil false nine, Cazola 10. I dont wanna talk about jenko replacing Bellerin. Thats the sadest part if the injury is long rwrm.

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