Arsene Wenger: We’ll be fine without Giroud

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal can cope without Olivier Giroud after the striker suffered a hamstring injury in the 1-0 League Cup win over West Ham.

The Gunners are through to the semi-final and will learn who they face in the last four after tonight’s quarter-final fixtures.

In his post-match press conference, Wenger claimed the Frenchman is expected to be out for 21 days, which would see him miss the rest of the Christmas fixture pile-up.

“It puts more pressure on the rest of the squad of course but I have still [Alexande Lacazette], [Theo] Walcott and Danny Welbeck, who can play up front,” said the manager (via the Standard).

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“[Alexis] Sanchez is a possibility as well.”

Arsenal host Liverpool on Friday night – a win would see them move into the top four.

The Gunners boss later added that he is concerned about the schedule taking its toll on his players.“Overall what is very worrying in my job is when you start to lose players like Giroud. After you cannot afford to lose another one or another one. I have to look how I can manage the schedule.”
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