Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that Olivier Giroud is “available” for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Manchester United.
The France international has been sidelined with a broken tibia since late August, but Wenger has suggested that the striker could be part of the matchday squad.
“He is three or four weeks ahead of schedule,” Arsenal’s official website quotes Wenger as saying. “Originally we planned to have him back for competition at the beginning of next year. So he's one month ahead.”
Wenger added on captain Mikel Arteta: “Giroud and Arteta are both available. It's just a question of how ready they are. But they are available.”
Two players who are still sidelined are defenders Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny. Neither is available for the clash at the Emirates Stadium, but both are progressing well.
“Koscielny and Debuchy are doing well, they are out on the field [working] again,” said Wenger. “We have to see now. Usually field work is three weeks away from full group training.
“Then there is fitness. It looks straightforward for Debuchy. It's not inflammation, it's just repairing surgery. For Koscielny, it depends how well he responds to training. At the moment he looks good.”
As for Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, the Germany international will “not be ready before the start of 2015.”
Arsenal are currently sixth in the Premier League table with 17 points from 11 matches, a point behind fourth-placed West Ham United.