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Arsenal Injury News: Wenger Offers Update On Giroud, Gibbs + Arteta

Arsenal face Besiktas on Wednesday night at the Emirates in the second leg of our Champions League play off. Here’s an injury update on Giroud, Arteta and Gibbs

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Arsenal face a crunch clash against Besiktas at the Emirates on Wednesday night in the second leg of our Champions League play off.

Ahead of the game, Arsene Wenger has been speaking to the media this afternoon at his pre-match press conference and he gave an update on the fitness of Olivier Giroud, Mikel Arteta and Kieran Gibbs.

Speculation this morning claimed that Giroud was set for three months on the sidelines after scans supposedly revealed the striker had broken a bone in his left foot following an innocuous incident during the final stages of our 2-2 draw at Everton on Saturday.

While Wenger wouldn’t be drawn on exactly how long the Frenchman will be out for, the Gunner boss did confirm he will definitely miss the game tomorrow and will see a specialist to determine the full extent of the injury.

‘He will not play,’ said Wenger, when asked about Giroud’s injury. 

‘For the rest, he will see a specialist in England tomorrow (Wednesday) and after we will make an announcement of how long he will be out. 

‘We prepare for the game. It can be a long-term injury. We will see tomorrow (Wednesday). I don’t know if it’s broken. It’s sad for us but we are focused on the game.’ Wenger is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

Arsene also gave an update on the fitness of Mikel Arteta. The skipper missed our draw at Everton after picking up an ankle injury last week but thankfully the boss revealed that although the Spaniard will also be unavailable to face Besiktas, the issue will only be short-term.

Full-back Gibbs is another who is currently on the sidelines and the 24-year-old is set to miss out next two games against Besiktas and Leicester City before returning to action following the international break next month. Wenger continued:

“Arteta is a short term injury but is out for tomorrow. Gibbs will be back after the internationals.”

Aaron Ramsey is also out tomorrow after being sent off in the first leg in Turkey last week so we’re a little light in the middle of the park. Jack Wilshere is likely to start alongside Mathieu Flamini, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also an option in central midfield, but we’ll have to see who Wenger opts for.

I’ll publish my predicted line-up later today but for now, let us know what side you’d like to see start?



  1. Sunnypa De Gooners

    August 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I will like to see jack on the bench if wenger want us to win tomorrow he should start both chanberlain and joel campbell and play sanchez upfront and our back line should be chambers,martesacar,koscieny and debuchy monreal should be on the bench in mid-field I would like to see the like of cazorla,rosicky and flamini ozil should came on as subtitute for rosicky and podolski for joel campbell with this formation we will beat them 4 to 5 zero in our own grand and I sunnypa de gooners will give the my full surpport GUNNERS TILL I DIE forever gunners


      August 26, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Dats a good line up bt Mesut Ozil shud nt cme as a substitute. Tnx

  2. Atom Atomicity

    August 26, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    It’s will be much better if Professer allow Cambell, Chambelain to start plus Cazorla 2morrow, that is(triple C) n let’s Wilshere n Monreal be on bench; @SUNNYPA u’re right

  3. Zealous

    August 26, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I wil like to see Famini Coquilin nd Ozil in middle nd Carzola Campbell Sanchez in front

  4. Zealous

    August 26, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I wil like to see Famini Coquilin nd Ozil in middle nd Carzola Campbell Sanchez in front becos Coquilin has more working rate dan Jack nd Rosisky
    he is calld WORKAHOLIC

  5. igwe

    August 26, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    i like to see sanchez upfront and bench jack

  6. Adeniran

    August 26, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Podoski wl start 4rm d bench cos he is nt match fit.

  7. Frank@Bis

    August 26, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Lik to see Cambell, Carsola,Chambalin in mid field, while Sanchet striker, wilshere on the bench

  8. Auwal

    August 26, 2014 at 7:01 pm


    • ace monk

      August 26, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      Chuba Akpom leagues ahead of Sanogo if u ask me.Just a question of opprtunities.why is his situation not being looked into?let’s be frank.without a proper striker to pop in 20 odd goals for us dis season,in addition to whatever Sanchez,Podolski,walcott and..erm Campbell can come up with (60 goals max),we are just as good as last season,no improvement,no sagna solidity+experience,no Ramsey blazing that early season trail and wilshere(cough) my chelsea and city play and recognise what is going on ppl.You can holler COYG all day but truth is,without top shelf buys,we r average,just with an excellent coach.Imagine wenger outta the picture..*shudders*

  9. pius ezeh

    August 26, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I think wenger have 2 start with koschieny,debuchey,monreal and the german international while that the midfielders i wil like 2 see flamini in dat central midfielder and others like wilshere, s.carzola, a.sanchez and m.ozil wil support L.podoskic or costa richa international campbell then benches should be Ox = sanchez, rosicky=wilshere,

  10. Uzoski

    August 27, 2014 at 6:30 am

    If we really want to qualify for the champions league, Wenger shld use per, chambers, debuchy and kocienly in back. Flamini, ozil, rosicky and cazorla in mildfield. Sanchez and Joel in front.

  11. kanji

    August 27, 2014 at 11:15 am

    for jack should be benched and t.r starts bt for monreal he escorts his oponent just like silvester was doing giving g.k hard time front should be podolski campbell n sanchez

  12. Valuer

    August 27, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I will like 2 c per and koscny.central defence. Debuchy and monreal wing df. Flami ,sanchez and cazola wing attack. Ozil,cambell.

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