Wednesday, 27th August, 2014

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that striker Olivier Giroud will be out of action until the start of January, but has cast doubt on whether he will be able to sign a replacement before the transfer window shuts.

Wenger's men beat Besiktas 1-0 this evening in the second leg of their Champions League playoff tie, booking a spot in the group stage.

But the focus post match was on whether Wenger has has any further news about Giroud, who picked up an ankle injury against Everton last weekend.

And he does, but it is not good news.


"Olivier Giroud had [ankle] surgery today. It went well but he will be out, for maybe top competition, until end of December beginning of January", Wenger told Sky Sports.


Asked whether that means he will try to sign another striker, the Frenchman replied: "We will look around but we want quality. We have quality, we have [Theo] Walcott coming back soon, [Lukas] Podolski, [Joel] Campbell, [Yaya] Sanogo. To find players better than we have would be very difficult.

"Anytime you have a problem you can't always buy. I bought [Alexis] Sanchez to be a striker, Walcott can be a very good striker, Sanogo is a very good striker, Campbell if you ask him what he is, he says a striker. All [are] players of quality", he added.

Arsenal still have until Monday next week to bring in another striker, before the transfer window slams shut until the start of 2015.

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