Olivier Giroud appears to be a major doubt for the upcoming few matches after he suffered a foot injury in the 2-2 draw with Everton. The Frenchman came on from the bench to inspire Arsenal to a two-goal comeback in the second half against Everton. He scored the equaliser just before injury time to help Arsenal get a point. Wenger said after the match that he did not start with Giroud because the Frenchman had been not fully fit after a long and hard season. He was also involved at the World Cup 2014 with the French national team.
The striker may be set for a spell on the sidelines after Wenger said that Arsenal are still waiting for the scan results. It is feared that the striker may miss up to five months and will not be available until 2015. This would be a major blow for Arsenal and their title aspirations. At the very least, he will not be present for the Champions League qualifier against Besiktas. After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, Arsenal will be hosting the second leg at the Emirates stadium. This also presents the team with a tough match given that an away goal for the opposition will give them a huge advantage.
“It is a big game on Wednesday, we hope we can recover. I hope we have not lost Giroud in the final minute. It’s a stretched ankle. It doesn’t look good. It’s great for our belief to know that away from home 2-0 down that with players like that we can come back. We always had a good mentality, the competition in England is tough for everybody and the group is still young and improving I think we are really ambitious and we showed that again,” said the Arsenal manager.