Injury concerns over Gunners duo
Arsenal are facing a nervous wait on the injury front as Olivier Giroud needs a scan on a knee injury picked up late on in the Sunderland game at the weekend and Santi Cazorla is out for a few weeks with an ankle injury, BBC Sport reports.
Cazorla wasn’t in the matchday squad but the French striker attempted to reach a cross by two-goal hero Aaron Ramsey and was hurt in the process, the report says.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said, as reported by the broadcaster: “He is the player at the moment that would be very difficult [to replace].”
But with Giroud Tweeting, “My knee is ok don’t worry! Thanks for your support!” it looks as if the injury isn’t serious and there is nothing to worry about.
Having failed to land summer targets Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain, any lengthy injury to the Gunners front man Giroud would be a huge blow.
And looking at how the Gunners frontman has started the season with goals in every league games this season, Wenger must be praying for the all clear in the scan.
“I’m extremely happy with him. Not only because he scored [against Sunderland], but his overall link play is improving from game to game,” Wenger added.
“I think he is becoming a very important player for us.”
And speaking on the subject of Carzola’s injury Wenger continued: “I don’t think he will play before the next international break.”
The international break will not be until October 11 so the Gunners face being without the mercurial Spanish midfielder for a month.
Arsenal now have a whole host of first team players out injured and are clearly benefiting from a larger playing squad than in recent years.
As it stands, Giroud and Cazorla both join Abou Diaby, Lukas Podolski, Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mikel Arteta on the Arsenal sidelines.