Injury update: Good news on Olivier Giroud, Arsenal forward ahead of schedule


“Na, na, na, na, na, na, na… na, na, na, na Girouudddddd!”

Get ready to hear the return of that song (sung to the tune of “Hey Jude” by the Beatles) Arsenal fans, French striker Olivier Giroud is on the mend.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger revealed that Giroud is recovering well from breaking his leg in August and could return much sooner than expected.

Giroud, 28, broke his left leg during Arsenal’s 2-2 comeback draw at Everton in Week 2 and was initially ruled out for up to four months. However — after becoming a largely forgotten figure as new signing Danny Welbeck has stolen the show since arriving on Deadline Day from Manchester United — Giroud is making great strides in his recovery.

Speaking to BeIN Sports, Wenger has revealed he may partner Giroud and Welbeck together when the Frenchman returns.

“Olivier Giroud is recovering very well. The operation went perfectly. I believe he is ahead of schedule in terms of rehabilitation. Welbeck played in the same team with Rooney and Van Persie. He can play down the sides. Yes I think they could play together or separately.”

This update on Giroud’s fitness will be welcomed by Arsenal’s fans as midfielders Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and defender Mathieu Debuchy all remain sidelined after more injury woe has hit the Gunners in recent weeks.

Giroud bagged 16 Premier League goals last term and scored two goals in his first four games this season. The potential for his early return is a boost for Arsenal and although no adjusted date has been set, that famous song could be ringing around the Emirates before the festive period arrives.