Report: Arsenal's Olivier Giroud could miss Champions League qualifier

Monday August 25th, 2014

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud could miss the second leg of the team's Champions League qualifier versus Besiktas on Wednesday after sustaining an ankle injury against Everton, according to the Guardian

The team is waiting for the results of a scan on his ankle. The Guardian reports that Arsenal fears the injury might be more serious than originally thought, though it is not a fracture. 

However, Bruno Constant of the French newspaper L'Équipe reports that Giroud has a broken foot and will miss three months. 

Arsenal is assessing Giroud on Monday. 

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In Arsenal's match against Everton on Saturday, Giroud came off the bench to score a header in the 90th minute, tying the game 2-2 and giving Arsenal a critical point away from home. The injury came in the final minute of added time. 

The 27-year-old French international scored 16 goals in 36 Premier League games last season. 

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Arsenal's first leg against Bestikas on Aug. 19 ended in a 0-0 draw.

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