Wenger speaks on Giroud’s replacement after striker is ruled out till next year

by Mark Bassey

Arsenal manager has confirmed that Olivier Giroud will not play again this year, after undergoing surgery on his fractured ankle.

The striker injured himself during the Gunners’ 2-2 draw against Everton on Saturday and will not be available till 2015.

“Olivier Giroud had surgery today. It went well but he will be out, for maybe top competition, until end of December beginning of January,” Wenger said after Arsenal beat Besiktas, to qualify for the Champions League group stages on Wednesday.

On whether he will try to sign a striker, the Frenchman said: “We will look around but we want quality. We have quality, we have Walcott coming back soon, Podolski, Campbell, Sanogo. To find players better than we have would be very difficult.

“Anytime you have a problem you can’t always buy. I bought Sanchez to be a striker, Walcott can be a very good striker, Sanogo is a very good striker, Campbell if you ask him what he is he says a striker. All players of quality.”

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