Arsenal striker Giroud in line for early return from injury

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that injured striker Olivier Giroud is ‘three weeks ahead of schedule’ and could return by the end of November, the Daily Mail has reported.

The France international suffered a broken ankle in the closing stages of the 2-2 draw with Everton on August 23, and scans afterwards suggested that he would not be back in action until mid-December at the earliest.

However, he could be fit enough to make the trip to West Bromwich Albion on November 29, which would be a major boost for the North London club. Announcing the news, Wenger said: ‘Olivier is coming along very well. He’s three weeks ahead of schedule and I think he will join in normal training after the international break. Of course, it’s a big boost. He’s miles ahead of schedule.’

Without Giroud, Arsenal have been looking to summer signings Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck for the majority of their goals. Currently fifth in the Premier League standings having drawn five of their nine games, they take on bottom club Burnley on Saturday.

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