With injuries continuing to pile up, Arsenal are now hoping the player they could ill afford to lose is not seriously injured.
Striker Olivier Giroud was a late substitute at the end of Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Sunderland with an apparent knee injury, and although the striker said his leg is fine, the club still await tests.
With Lukas Podolski already out long-term with a serious hamstring injury and Arsene Wenger’s failure to boost the strike ranks in the transfer window, Giroud is the only viable option up front for the Gunners.
The Frenchman took to Twitter to ease fans fears, so it may not be as bad as originally feared.
My knee is ok don't worry! Thanks for your support! 😉— Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) September 14, 2013
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger acknowledged how much of a loss Giroud would be, given that he’s scored four goals already this season. “I think he is becoming a very important player for us” the manager said.
Wenger also said that Santi Cazorla picked up an ankle injury and will miss out until the next international break in mid-October.
VIDEO: Gerrard’s juggle and finish leads Liverpool legends past Real Madrid
Scoring at Anfield doesn’t get old, especially when your name is Steven Gerrard.
The English midfielder was playing in a friendly match between Liverpool and Real Madrid “legends” on Sunday, when he delivered this tasty goal (and assists to Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, and John Aldridge).
Gerrard redirects a cross over a lunging defender and into a place where he can lash a goal home to put the Reds up 4-0. He dedicated his Man of the Match performance to club legend Ronnie Moran, who died earlier this week.
Real’s comeback came up just short in a 4-3 final, with Fernando Morientes, Ruben de la Red, and Edwin Congo scoring for the visitors.
On a Sunday waiting for the international matches to begin, Gerrard supplies a nice highlight for the rest of us (Extended highlights free on Liverpool’s site).
Mesut Ozil is on international break, and bristling at reports that Arsenal is going to sell him.
The midfielder’s absence from the lineup last week had plenty speculating on his future, even more than usual. His contract expires in 2018, and several reports claimed he’d join Alexis Sanchez as players destined for elsewhere.
“And you think Wenger tells the journalist before he tells me? Then I know him differently,” Ozil told German outlet Welt.
“I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We’ll talk soon and then make a decision.”
Metro notes that Ozil also said he wants to win the Champions League, something that can only happen with Arsenal remaining in the Top Four. We suppose you could make snarky inferences from his “comfortable in London” phrasing, but we’ll leave it there.