Arsenal may be forced into a late panic purchase to cover for the loss of Olivier Giroud, according to reports from The Telegraph.

The French striker hobbled off at the end of the Gunners’ 2-2 draw with Everton on Saturday – in which he netted a late equaliser – with an ankle injury, and is now facing a number of weeks on the sidelines.

Although the burly striker hasn’t been a guaranteed starter so far this term, Arsene Wenger is very short on cover in the role, with Yaya Sanogo – who is yet to score a Premier League goal – the only orthodox option to cover.

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Alexis Sanchez and Lukas Podolski can play as centre-forwards, but both are more known for deeper roles.

Although the full extent of Giroud’s problems are not yet clear, a lengthy period out could force the club into a late flurry of transfer activity to get a new goalscorer in.

With the window set to close in under a week, Arsenal will be low on options, with Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao two names on a short list.

However, the former may not be available with PSG having missed out on Angel di Maria, while the latter will only be available for a loan deal for a massive £20m fee.

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