Arsenal morning news: 'No hesitation' on Giroud, Zlatan on Wenger regrets and injury news

All the latest news and gossip from the morning at The Emirates.

Arsene Wenger has been singing the praises of Olivier Giroud - after the Frenchman made a goalscoring return to action against Sunderland yesterday.

Giroud was left out of the two games against Liverpool and Bayern Munich recently - with young striker Yaya Sanogo preferred.

It came amid reports of an extra-marital affair however Wenger stated it was clearly due to his lack of fitness.

But he was impressed with Giroud yesterday, stating:

“I had no hesitation about his strength of character. Of course you want him to come back into the team and be successful, which he was today because he scored two goals. One great one at the end of great movement and the other a little bit of a gift from Sunderland. He got an assist as well, so he did well.”

He was also quick to dispel any rumours over a potential injury crisis at the back. Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny both picked up knocks in the game but Wenger said:

“Koscielny has a back problem, Nacho has a foot problem because he was kicked on his foot. I think both should be available next week.”

However he revealed nothing on Jack Wilshere’s hamstring issue in terms of timescale:

“He had a tight hamstring, I don’t know if it is bad or not. They tell me it is not too bad.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who turned down a trial at Arsenal aged 16 with the apparently infamous phrase ‘Zlatan doesn’t do auditions’, has been speaking about that decision and how he would have performed in the Premier League:

"If I had played there, I would have destroyed it, like I have everywhere else. Arsenal could have happened, as everybody knows - but I would not do a trial. Who do you think regrets that more, Arsene Wenger or Zlatan? The last time I faced England, which is supposed to be the best players in the Premier League, what happened? Maybe people need to be reminded that it was the Zlatan show."

Ever the humble and reserved opinion from the Swede.

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