Some good news at last for Arsenal fans as manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Friday that French striker Olivier Giroud is set to return from injury earlier than expected.
The striker has been out of action with an ankle injury since the end of August and was thought to be sidelined until mid-December, but there is now the possibility that the 28 year-old will be back to full fitness as early as the end of this month, with a Premier League return in the fixture against West Brom on November 29 being pencilled in.
‘Olivier is coming along very well. He’s three weeks ahead of schedule and I think he will join in normal training after the international break,’ Wenger said in his press conference.
‘Of course, it’s a big boost. He’s miles ahead of schedule.’
Although the news will be welcomed by Gunners fans, Giroud will still have to convince Wenger that he merits immediate inclusion in the first team. Alexis Sanchez’s two goals in a 3-0 defeat of Burnley on Saturday took his goals tally this season to 10 in 11 appearances, and with the Chilean in such prolific form, there is work to be done for the Frenchman.