Koscielny comments on impact of Giroud's injury for Arsenal

The Arsenal defender believes that losing Olivier Giroud to injury is a blow for the side.

Laurent Koscielny has admitted that losing Olivier Giroud is a blow to Arsenal as the striker is an important player for the side. 

Giroud suffered a broken foot, which is set to keep him out for the long-term, during the Gunners' match with Everton and Koscielny has revealed that losing the powerful forward means that others will have to step up.

The centre-back feels that Giroud offers a lot of qualities to the Arsenal team that are hard to replace and he is hoping that someone in the squad steps up to fill the void that Giroud's absence leaves. 

"Olivier is an important player for us," Koscielny admitted to Arsenal's official website. "He's very strong during the game and he's scored a lot of goals. So for us it's very difficult to lose him. But I know him and I know he will come back stronger.

"He will want to show everyone that he can be a very good player and a good striker in the Premier League and in Europe. It is important for us that Olivier keeps this mentality and comes back stronger for us.

"When we play the long ball, he can keep the ball and he's strong so the defenders can't touch the ball. He's very, very important for us. Now we need to do without him and I hope there is a player who can replace him and do the job well."

The player who has been lined up to replace Giroud by Arsene Wenger is Danny Welbeck.

The striker was signed from Manchester United for £16million on deadline day and he will now have a weight of expectation on him from inside and outside of the squad, it appears.

Welbeck offers the physicality that Giroud can, but whilst the Frenchman is better in the air, there can be no doubting that the English international is the quicker of the two.

It means that there may be a transitional stage for the side, as they look to adapt to utilising their new front-man's strengths to the best of their ability. 

Welbeck also may need time to get used to his new surroundings. The 23-year-old has regularly been utilised as a wide-man, designed to offer a threat on the counter, at United, but he will spearhead the attack at the Emirates.

It is a new role and there is an expectation on him to score, something which hasn't come naturally to Welbeck throughout his career so far.

That said, with Arsenal's creativity behind him he should thrive and the initial signs have been promising that he can cover for Giroud's absence, even before he has played a game for the club.

Welbeck was England's hero in midweek, as he scored both goals in their 2-0 victory over Switzerland and he will now be looking to carry that form into the weekend when Arsenal take on Manchester City. 

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