Giroud Set For Surprise Arsenal Return

Olivier Giroud Arsenal transfer newsArsenal striker Olivier Giroud could make a surprise return for the Gunners in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.

The France international broke his tibia during Arsenal’s game with Everton at Goodison Park at the end of August and was expected to be out of action for up to four months. However, manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that he could make an appearance for the Gunners in the Saturday tea-time game.

“He is three or four weeks ahead of schedule,” Wenger said.

“Originally we planned to have him back for competition at the beginning of next year. So he’s one month ahead.”

Wenger also expects to have midfielder Mikel Arteta back in contention but says the two aren’t assured of places in the starting line-up.

“It’s just a question of how ready they are, but they are available,” he told the club’s official website.

Wenger added that defenders Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy are both training again, though not with the rest of the first-team squad. But the Frenchman isn’t hopeful over Mesut Ozil’s return to action.

“Ozil is doing well but he will not be ready before the start of 2015.”

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