Arsene Wenger delivers Giroud injury update, comments on possible Welbeck combination

Olivier Giroud

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has handed Gunners fans an update on Olivier Giroud's injury - and a possible combination with Danny Welbeck.

Arsenal have made an inauspicious start to the new season, winning just two of their opening seven Premier League games, drawing four and losing one - which was predictably against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.

Yet injuries have played their part once again for Arsenal. Both centre backs, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, have had fitness problems, whilst Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Debuchy, Mikel Arteta and now Mesut Ozil have all been sidelined through injury within the first two months of the season - yet only one injury had huge ramifications on the club.

French international Olivier Giroud rescued a point for Arsenal away at Everton in August, but was ruled out for four months after the game with a broken tibia - and his absence meant that Gunners manager Arsene Wenger dipped back into the transfer market with the £16m capture of Danny Welbeck.

Welbeck, signed from Manchester United, has shown his class with a hat-trick against Galatasaray in the Champions League, but according Wenger, Giroud is on the road to recovery.

"I believe he is ahead of schedule in terms of rehabilitation. The operation went perfectly," said Wenger.

Wenger has so far used Welbeck up front on his own, but some fans may have been wondering whether he and Giroud would be played as a front two in the future. Well, Wenger has also tackled that matter on BeIN Sport, saying that they could play together, or he could use Welbeck out wide.

"Welbeck played in the same team with Rooney and van Persie. He can play down the sides. Yes I think they could play together or separately," added Wenger.

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