Arsenal could yet be forced to sign a striker this transfer window.
Arsene Wenger has made it abundantly clear this summer that he does not intend on signing a centre-forward, but could be forced to make a last minute change of plan.
The Mail report that the club are worried about Giroud's injury suffered at the weekend, fearing it to be of a serious nature as he prepares to undertake a second scan.
"Sportsmail understands the 27-year-old will miss at least the next two weeks, putting him out of the clash against Slaven Bilic’s side and Sunday’s visit to Leicester, and there are even fears he has suffered a broken foot, which would rule him out for months rather than weeks."
The paper suggest Arsene Wenger is considering re-visiting his interest in QPR striker Loic Remy, as the transfer window enters it's final week. The manager is expected to give an update on Giroud at his pre-Besiktas press conference tomorrow.
Here are three questions relating to possibility injury and course of action:
Why did Arsenal allow themselves to get into this position?
Ever since last summer, Arsenal fans have been crying out for Arsene Wenger to spend big on a forward. From Gonzalo Higuain to Jackson Martinez to Mario Balotelli, the Gunners boss has passed on the opportunity to sign a big name. Manchester City showed last night their strength in depth when Stevan Jovetic netted a brace against Liverpool, and the Montenegrin is considered their fourth choice striker. The fact Arsenal's second is Yaya Sanogo tells you all you need to know. Failing to bolster their options could ruin their title chances.
Is Remy really the best choice out there?
Loic Remy is a safe option, but fairly unspectacular. At a cost of £8.5 million he may appeal to Arsene Wenger, but he has alternatives. Premier League options include Wilfried Bony or Danny Welbeck, while Roma's Mattia Destro has been linked to Chelsea in recent days. Edinson Cavani would be a blockbuster signing for the Gunners to consider. There is no reason the club should home in on Remy without exploring alternatives even with one week to go. The club should have had a contingency plan in place in case this happened.
Could Wenger try to make do without another forward?
It's certainly possible if Arsene Wenger does not find a striker who he feels suits his needs or is value for money that he attempts to make do. They have Alexis Sanchez capable of playing up front, and would likely veto any move to sell Lukas Podolski. Yaya Sanogo showed promising signs of life in pre-season, while Joel Campbell and Theo Walcott also share the load. If Giroud turns out to be only missing for a fortnight, or even a month or two, Wenger may elect to go with what he has.
Here is how fans reacted to the news on Twitter:
Giroud being out could be the break we needed, obviously I hope it's not serious but it will force Arsene's hand. Someone proven pls! #AFC— Dan Jones (@DannyBoyJones23) August 25, 2014
Rumours in France that Giroud has broken his foot and is out for possibly 3 months. The chance that Joel Campbell needs? #afc— Billo (@Billo20Four7) August 25, 2014
Depressed about Giroud now So bloody unfair Why always us? #AFC— Shaheen Ashraf (@topgooner100) August 25, 2014