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.
With Arsenal's star center forward, Olivier Giroud, rumored to be out for three to four months with a broken bone in his foot, manager Arsene Wenger will soon have to decide on whether or not to buy an additional striker before the deadline day comes to an end on Monday night. Giroud was injured at the latter stages of Arsenal's 2-2 draw at Everton at the weekend when a ball struck his foot just as it was landing on the ground.
Arsenal Transfer Window: Three realistic striker options for the Gunners - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsene Wenger andArsenalare in dire need of a new striker, and the Gunners faithful will be looking to the end of this summer transfer window as the perfect opportunity for the club to add one star striker that could help the team to replace Olivier Giroud.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud could be out for three months - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsene Wenger will face a race against time to sign a new striker before the transfer window comes to an end next Monday. Arsenal's striker Olivier Giroud sustained an ankle injury in the dying seconds at Everton after scoring the Gunner's 2-2 dramatic equaliser.
Arsenal's English Premier League and UEFA Champions League title hopes have taken a huge hit as of Tuesday morning.
According to reports in France, Arsenal are set to be without frontman Olivier Giroud for approximately three months after the French international suffered a broken foot in Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Everton.
Less than a week until the transfer window shuts, and still speculation into who else will join the four new players we have signed. So far we have Sanchez who in the couple of games we have seen him, looks to be a fine live wire. Up next we have Debuchy a right back replacement for our beloved Bacary Sagna.
Everton 2-2 Arsenal Game in 10 Tweets is a post from: Just Football
by Sarah McLean
Arsenal left it late to claw back a point from Saturday's Premier League clash against Everton in a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park. A 90th minute equaliser from Olivier Giroud was the defining moment of an improved second half performance, adding to Aaron Ramsey's goal which came with seven minutes remaining
Everton had taken the lead early in the first half when Mesut Ozil was caught napping by defender Seamus Coleman who nodded into the roof of the net after finding himself completely unmarked.
For the second successive year, Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side travel to Turkey hoping to clinch a place in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage with Slaven Bilic's Besiktas the Gunners' final obstacle.
Arsenal do however have some significant fitness issues ahead of today's clash with Yaya Sanogo, who had been given the nod ahead of Olivier Giroud for the start of Arsenal's domestic campaign, being deemed not fit enough to travel.
Arsenal 3-0 Manchester City Game in 10 Tweets is a post from: Just Football
Arsenal breezed to the 13th Community Shield in their history with a comfortable 3-0 win over Manchester City in the opening game of the 2014/15 season. In a game the Gunners dominated almost from start to finish, goals from Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud, coupled with a lacklustre display from Manuel Pellegrini's men, made this almost a walk in the park for Arsenal.
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Video GIF Olivier Giroud goal vs Manchester City 2014 Community Shield August 10 Arsenal is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter This cracking Giroud goal vs Man City (VIDEO BELOW) was the standout goal in the Gunners' 3-0 Community Shield win over Manuel Pellegrini's City side on 10th August, 2014.
The Arsenal Fantasy Football Dream Team If someone were to stop you on the street and ask, "If you had to pick, would you have Mesut Ozil or Santi Cazorla", what would you say? Or, how aboutTheo Walcott or Alexis Sanchez? Yaya Sanogo orOlivier Giroud? I know the former grabbed four against Benfica the other [.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has his first difficult decision to make on Sunday in the Community Shield against Manchester City. Does he go with the tired and true and start strikerOlivier Giroud or does he go with in-form strikerYaya Sanogo?
Yaya Sanogo was terrific in the Emirates Cup over the weekend, scoring four goals against Benfica on Saturday and looking like the imposing, ruthless centre-forward that Arsenal fans have been clamoring for Wenger to sign for several seasons now.
Coming off of a season in which one Arsenal player, Olivier Giroud, scored more than half of the team's goals scored by forwards (22 out of 42), there was little doubt that the North London club would strengthen its front line before the start of the 2014-15 campaign. The Gunners quickly made moves by splashing $50 million for Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez and recalling youngster (and World Cup standout) Joel Campbell from a season-long loan at Olympiacos.
Giroud has to improve next season by KJ Giroud has had two good seasons with Arsenal but he will need to improve next season and I expect him to. Here's why: 1. He is fully adjusted to the league now. It is always difficult for a new player in the Premier League, especially when you [...]
Francev Germany: Time for the European giants to hit top form... or go home! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Germany entered the World Cupas the favorites for many, and France also had a huge following of support for their exciting prospects this time around, defying the doubters after failing so miserably in South Africa.
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.
Morning, and welcome to a brand new week of pre-season.
It's fairly quiet but there's an interesting quote from Arsene Wenger which, although it appears in the rather unreliable Express, is apparently accurate. My podcasting colleague Gunnerblog was at the press conference on Saturday and part of what was said was embargoed and only emerged overnight.
The preparation for a game of this magnitude (pop pop) could, let's face it, have been better. We're facing Besiktas tonight without our best centre-forward, without our best, and goalscoringest midfielder, and our captain who also happens to be our best deep-lying midfielder.
While for the last two there are obvious replacements, who plays up front tonight is going to give Arsene Wenger something of a headache.
Morning all and welcome to a brand new week. It's one that feels almost pivotal in the new season, with a crucial Champions League qualifier on Wednesday, and then the close of the transfer window in seven days time. Our squad doesn't feel complete yet, and with rumours of departures and gaps to be filled, I think it could be a busy period.
Analysis: Why Olivier Giroud should be dropped for the France vs Germany game - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Of all the four quarter-final clashes, the one steeped in tradition,history, rivalry and star players, is the one taking place at the historical Maracana. Two of the traditional European power houses, France & Germany clash, in what will prove to be an enthralling encounter.
The French World Cup squad had a relaxed training session ahead of their quarter-final clash with Germany tomorrow as Olivier Giroud, Paul Pogba, Yohan Cabaye and co had a game of scoring from behind the goal posts!
Let's hope their a little more composed when in front of the posts tomorrow or else it will be bye bye Brazil!
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.