Arsene Wenger claims Olivier Giroud’s recovery from a broken leg is ‘ahead of schedule,’ according to BBC Sport.
The French striker suffered the freak injury in the 2-2 draw away to Everton at the end of August and was expected to be sidelined for up to four months after undergoing surgery.
But the Gunners boss insists the 27-year-old is recovering well and ahead of schedule.
He said: “Olivier Giroud is recovering very well.
“The operation went perfectly. I believe he is ahead of schedule in terms of rehabilitation.”
The Gunners’ start to the season has been ravaged with injury problems, with Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny joining the likes of Mathieu Debuchy, Aaron Ramsey Theo Walcott and Giroud on the sidelines last week.
But Giroud’s fast recovery will be a huge boost to Arsenal getting their season back on track, with Danny Welbeck currently tasked with finding the goals for Wenger’s side in Giroud’s absence.
Giroud netted 16 goals last season and had found the net twice this term before his injury.