Arsenal boss reveals Giroud facing spell on sidelines

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that Olivier Giroud is facing a spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury against West Ham United on Tuesday night.

Giroud appeared to pull his hamstring in the latter stages of the EFL Cup quarter-final, which the Gunners won 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Danny Welbeck.

The 31-year-old has been linked with a move away from Arsenal in recent weeks having struggled for Premier League action during the 2017-18 campaign.

That said, the forward, who is valued at £19.8m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has made 25 appearances in all competitions for his London club this season.

Wenger has admitted that he is unsure of the extent of Giroud’s injury, but the Arsenal boss is concerned that the issue could lead to an extended spell on the sidelines.

Wenger told reporters:

“In his statement [to me], it doesn’t look very good. It looks like that (missing the rest of the month). We have to wait. Nowadays you do the scan 48 hours after the injury.

“That will happen on Thursday, then we’ll have a precise kind of grade on what his hamstring is.

“When you listen to him, the pain is quite big, but the grade is not always linked with the intensity of the pain.”

Arsenal and Manchester City both booked their spots in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup with wins on Tuesday night.

Arsenal will return to Premier League action with a clash against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night.