Lack of Arsenal depth worries Giroud

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has expressed concern at the thin nature of the club’s squad, Sky Sports is reporting, with several players currently on the injury list, and leaving manager Arsene Wenger with few options to pick from.

During the summer, several players were allowed to leave the Emirates Stadium, including strikers Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho, and attacking midfielder Andrey Arshavin, while central defenders Johan Djourou and Ignasi Miquel both left on season-long loans. In contrast, only four players arrived in the close-season.

Giroud has managed to shake off a knee problem – which he sustained at Sunderland on Saturday – in time for Arsenal’s opening Champions League group stage match in Marseille on Wednesday evening. However, midfielders Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby all remain on the sidelines.

The Frenchman has already scored five times this season, helping Arsenal to second in the early season Premier League table, and while he thinks they are capable of continuing their fine away form in the South of France, he has concerns at the squad’s lack of depth.

He said: “At home through some spells, we played with the handbrake on because we did not have the same confidence. Our away record can compare to anybody in Europe. “We have a quality squad but I’m a bit scared about the numbers we have. We will face problems because of the numbers in our squad.’

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