Following the ankle injury sustained by Oliver Giroud last weekend in a Premier League match against Everton, Arsenal are currently awaiting the result of a second scan to ascertain the extent of his injury.
According to report, the second scan would be done when the swelling around Oliver Giroud’s ankle subsides.
The injury has increased fears in the Arsenal fan base as a result of the dearth of reliable options in the squad.
Although, Arsenal can still call on Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo as players who can lead the line, they have not offered much in that role when asked to play there.
Although Yaya Sanogo has a nuisance factor in his game the few occasions he came off the bench last season, however performances this season have been underwhelming.
While the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Joel Campbell should increase the options there, the duo are still adapting to the Premier League, while the former struggled against Everton on Saturday.
Oliver Giroud has scored 41 goals for Arsenal since he joined from Montpellier in 2012, including 22 goals in all competitions last season for which 16 came in 36 Premier League starts.
Arsenal’s injury list is already growing with the new season just in its second week.
With Mikel Arteta, Kieran Gibbs, Yaya Sanogo and now Oliver Giroud as injury absentees going into the crucial match against Besiktas in the Champions League on Wednesday.
With the club’s transfer moves dependent on the match on Wednesday, a lot is riding on the Besiktas encounter so that the much debated strengthening in other areas of the team can be carried out.
With Oliver Giroud’s injury, a striker would obviously be added to the list of players the club would look to bring in before the transfer window shuts.
With Arsene Wenger’s reticence to bring in another out-an-out striker, a lengthy injury spell for Oliver Giroud means the French man would have to bring out his cheque book to mitigate the damage his injury would cause to the team.
Some Arsenal faithful have not been Oliver Giroud’s biggest fans, as a result of the weakness in his game, however, there is no doubt that he is the only striker at the club who adds variation to the team’s attack by way of his physical presence and ability to hold on to the ball while bringing others into play.
Wojciech Szczesny would have to find another player he would be hitting his ball clearances in Oliver Giroud’s absence.
As a team without either the French striker or Yaya Sanogo means there is distinct lack of height in it.
With the transfer window still open, and the news outlets in Britain and France running with the stories that Oliver Giroud has done his ankle and would be out for third months, it would be huge slice of luck for the second scan to reveal a different result, yet, the onus lies with Arsene Wenger to address the damage in the transfer market if the three months is confirmed.