Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned he cannot offer guarantees of a place in the starting XI to any of his strikers. For the first time in years, Wenger has quality attacking options with Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez all in contention for a starting spot.
That competition has caused Germany international Lukas Podolski to reassess his future at the Emirates as he is getting frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities, but Wenger insists that is all part and parcel of competition at a leading club.
Arsene Wenger gives injury update for Arsenal's clash against Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed striker Olivier Giroud and midfielder Mikel Arteta will be available when Manchester United travel to the Emirates on Saturday.
The French international picked up a foot injury during the league clash against Everton in August, while the Spaniard has also struggled with injuries and missed the north London club's last few fixtures.
Not much going on this morning either. The only real news is the return to training of Olivier Giroud and, get this, it's ahead of schedule. That's right, conceptually this might be difficult to comprehend but what it means is that the player isn't out for longer than estimated but will be back before the time-frame given when he picked up the injury.
Arsenal forward Mesut Özil has admitted that he will be unavailable for another seven weeks with the knee ligament injury that has ruled him out since early October.
The Germany international was diagnosed with a partial ligament tear during the last international break after Arsenal's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on 5 October, and while it was initially hoped he may return in time for the busy Christmas schedule, the 25-year-old confirmed he will be sidelined until early in the new year.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger announced during his customary Friday news conference that striker Olivier Giroud is actually ahead of schedule in his recovery from an ankle fracture. Wenger told reporters, "(He is doing) very well. He's three weeks ahead of schedule and I think he will join in normal training after the international break.
Injured Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud will soon be rewarded with a two-year contract extension with the Gunners. Manager Arsene Wenger announced during his Tuesday press conference that the deal will be ironed out and completed shortly. The new contract will keep the France international at The Emirates until 2018.
Team Strengths: Arsenal's team strengths are ironically their midfield and forward depth (something that the Gunners have had issues with in the past) and passing ability. When all of the Gunners are healthy, the team has Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell, and Yaya Sanogo as options up front.
According to reports, Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is targeting his return from injury for the September 27th North London derby against rivals Tottenham Hotspur. The speedy winger/striker last played for the Gunners during a 2-0 third round FA Cup victory over Spurs in January. Walcott injured knee ligaments during the January victory, and famously used his fingers to show the winning score line to the visiting Spurs crowd while being carried off of the pitch.
And lo, so it begins. The Arsenal injury train just keeps on a-rollin'.
Signed for £16million on deadline day as anemergency replacement for the injuredOlivier Giroud, word is leaking out from the England camp that Danny Welbeck has suffered an injury of his very own while training with England at London Colney yesterday.
Danny Welbeck has agreed to join Arsenal in a £16m deal, after a topsy-turvy deadline day during which his transfer to the Emirates remained in the balance until the very end.
Welbeck had attracted interest from Sunderland, Hull and Tottenham, with Spurs looking favourite to clinch a loan deal for the United striker, before Arsenal entered the race on Monday afternoon, as Arsene Wenger looked to bolster his options up-front following an injury that will keep Olivier Giroud out until December.
With Olivier Giroud's surgery knocking him out of action until January, the buzz around Arsenal is that the team now needs to buy a new striker if they want to compete for a title. This has led to all kinds of rumors about who Arsenal is targeting and the obscene amounts of money it will cost to acquire a player.
Press conference day today so we get to ask questions about what happened against Anderlecht again. That'll be fun. We already have some team news with Mikel Arteta confirmed out with the hamstring strain he picked up on Tuesday night, while Jack Wilshere should be back in the squad having missed the last couple of games with a knee knack and a dose of the squits.
Mixed news on the injury front to begin this morning. There's a chance Jack Wilshere might be available for Sunday's trip to Chelsea although he's a doubt for tomorrow night's Champions League clash, while Mikel Arteta's calf strain seems to be the bog standard three week job.
However, the Aaron Ramsey hamstring seems a bit more than routine.
Caught in the wake of Ryan Nelsen's dismissal from Toronto FC was news that Jermain Defoe could also be on his way out of town.
TFC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko admitted to the local press at a press conference that they've received multiple offers over the year for Defoe, and that they'd make a decision by the end of Monday.
When Olivier Giroud charged down Sylvain Distin's clearance on Saturday evening and collapsed to the ground in a crumpled heap adjacent to the away end, I barely flickered in recognition. Partly because I'd yet to psychically realign with planet earth after the Frenchman's equaliser. But also because it's easy to be blasé about the sight of Olivier Giroud's anguished features and flicky hands.