By 90Min
November 16, 2017

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed striker Olivier Giroud is unlikely to recover in time to be involved in the weekend's crunch north London derby with Tottenham.

The 31-year-old was representing France over the international break and picked up a thigh injury during Les Bleus' 2-0 win over Wales.

Giroud was hauled off for club teammate Alexandre Lacazette, and was then spotted on the bench with heavy bandaging and an ice pack. 

The former Montpellier man admitted afterwards that he was actually feeling slight pain whilst warming up, but put on a trap and popped two anti-inflammatories and decided to play anyway.

Arsenal will be hoping for more promising news regarding the returns of Danny Welbeck and Shkodran Mustafi - they are both booked in for fitness tests ahead of Saturday's lunchtime kick-off, as reported by Sky Sports.

Mustafi hasn't featured for the Gunners since injuring his thigh against Azerbaijan during the international break before last, and Welbeck has been struggling with a groin problem for the past month.

Wenger will be desperate to claim all three points against Spurs at the Emirates - doing so would bring them to within a point of their cross-city rivals in the Premier League table.

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