The Telegraph reports that Arsenal may be without striker Olivier Giroud for up to three months, as the club has fears the Frenchman broke his ankle.
Giroud, who turns 28 next month, scored the equalizer in Arsenal’s come-from-behind draw against Everton this weekend before suffering the injury.
But now he’ll be missing, at a minimum, for the next few games. That includes Wednesday’s visit from Besiktas in the business end of their UEFA Champions League playoff tie (The clubs finished scoreless last week in Turkey).
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The Gunners will also be without Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey, but those losses for a match would pale in comparison to the shot to the bow of striker depth that would be a prolonged absence from Giroud, who scored 22 goals across all competitions last season.
Arsenal are hoping Giroud has not sustained a fracture, but there is major concern at the Emirates that there is a break, after the Frenchman was sent for two scans.
The club are mindful of the fact that a hairline fracture to Jack Wilshere’s foot only showed up on a second scan after the initial swelling had gone down.
Giroud is definitely out of the Champions League play-off second leg against Besiktas tomorrow night and the Premier League trip to Leicester on Sunday, and there is a real concern that he could be out for a prolonged spell.
The article is phrased in a way to bring clicks, but shouldn’t the injury be — at the very least — a wake-up call to Wenger? Whether or not Giroud is injured, this shows him how his squad would look with a long-term injury to a player like the 6-foot-4 Frenchman.
Whether a big-name acquisition like Radamel Falcao, a simple depth signing or just keeping Lukas Podolski around, Arsenal needs power up front to challenge Manchester City and Chelsea this season.