Following reports that Arsenal could be without Olivier Giroud for up to 10 weeks due to a broken bone in his foot, Arsene Wenger has some big decisions to make.
Below are three possible options for the Arsenal boss in light of his first-choice front-man’s potential long-term layoff.
Put faith in Podolski
Rumours have been going into overdrive in recent days, claiming Lukas Podolski is on his way out of the Emirates Stadium. But Arsene Wenger has quashed those reports, revealing that the German international is going nowhere.
Whether his thinking has changed following Giroud’s setback is unknown, but the simple fact is Wenger has a quality forward at his disposal who could now be given a prolonged chance to show what he can do as the spearhead of Arsenal’s attack.
Move into the loan market
Reports have claimed that both Loic Remy and Danny Welbeck are targets for the Gunners, but certainly with the latter player, the chance of Manchester United sending the England international to North London is a slim one.
Remy on the other hand could be a likely target following the collapse of his £8million switch to Liverpool earlier this summer. But there could be another option, which could see Wenger pull off a masterstroke and bring in a player on loan. After all, signing Remy permanently could cause more problems than it solves with the likes of Giroud, Podolski, Yaya Sanogo, Alexis Sanchez and Joel Campbell all at the club.
Shuffle the pack
Speaking of which, Wenger could give the likes of Sanogo and Campbell the chance to show what they can do after both impressed during the Emirates Cup. There would be an element of risk but the players have the ability and will know this is their chance to show the boss what they can do in the top flight.
With a defensive midfielder the most likely late addition to the side, a new permanent signing at the Emirates – even with Giroud’s prolonged absence – would be a surprise at this stage.
What do you think Wenger should do in Giroud's absence?