Arsenal injury list concerns manager Wenger

After Olivier Giroud was forced off at Sunderland on Saturday, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has expressed concern at the growing number of injuries he now has to contend with, the ESPN has reported.

Giroud, who suffered a knock to his knee, will be assessed ahead of Arsenal’s opening Champions League group match in Marseille on Wednesday. Should the Frenchman be absent, Wenger will be short of attacking options, with Lukas Podolski still out for several weeks with a hamstring injury.

The injuries are not just confined to strikers – playmaker Santi Cazorla is sidelined with an ankle injury which forced him to miss the win at the Stadium of Light, while Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby are both yet to make an appearance this season.

Sunderland was the first of seven games in 23 days, and Wenger told the BBC: “We score because we have a good game, lively with a lot of energy, we are dynamic in our game, and have a lot of belief as well. But we are still short now. With the injuries we have, we cannot afford now to lose players.

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