Olivier Giroud will be out until next year after it was revealed the Arsenal star’s injury is even worse than first feared.
Giroud saw another specialist on Tuesday, and the Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger will confirm in the next 24 hours that the French striker has suffered a fractured ankle.
Wenger has now been told the lay-off will be more than three months and the rehabilitation from the injury suffered against Everton on Saturday will drag on long into 2015.
That will force him into the transfer market with only six days remaining until the summer window closes – and Arsenal have already made an enquiry about Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck.
United want £16m for Welbeck but are reluctant to sell to a direct rival, pushing Wenger into looking at various options with QPR striker Loic Remy and Torino’s Italian forward Allesio Cerci possibilities.
However, the Old Trafford giants may be forced to do business with old foes Arsenal to help get players off the wage bill, with Angel di Maria’s imminent arrival for a British record fee and a move for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal still a possibility.
Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain do not want to sell Edinson Cavani, but Monaco’s Radamel Falcao is available on a huge loan deal if any club wants to pay £20m for one year.
Wenger said on Tuesday: “You cannot plan to get an injury like that, in the 94th minute. I still don’t understand how he did it. He overstretched his ankle. It was on the ball, not a contact (with another player). The problem is, I think, his tibia.
“We came back on Saturday night and he was at home on Sunday. He had a medical check and we needed to have further investigation.
“The first news is not fantastic, but I am not a doctor. So I wait for tomorrow’s complete examination and decision for how long he will be out. We will inform you tomorrow afternoon, or night, at the latest.[eap_ad_2]
“In England, as soon as you have a problem, people want you to buy (a replacement). Unfortunately I can give you clubs with plenty of players who every time they lose say they have to buy more. But if you give the number of strikers we have, it is unbelievable.”
Wenger insisted he will not allow Lukas Podolski, linked with Juventus, to leave but does seem certain to bring in another striker. He is also in the market for a centre-half and a holding midfielder.
He added that his transfer budget will not stop him from buying even if Arsenal fail to reach the Champions League group stage for a 17th successive season when they host Besiktas on Wednesday in a play-off decider.
Wenger added: “It will affect us because we will have less income. But it will not affect our balance sheet in a dramatic way, because we can survive without that.” Daily Mirror)[eap_ad_3]