Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been ruled out of Saturday’s Premier League derby against Tottenham Hotspur due to a thigh injury, manager Arsene Wenger said yesterday.
Giroud, who has scored in 10 league appearances this season also netted in France’s friendly win over Wales last Friday.
“Giroud picked up an injury, I don’t think he will be available,” Wenger told reporters. “Its short term, we have to assess him.”
Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck (groin) and defender Shkodran Mustafi (thigh) will undergo late fitness tests.
Wenger said Santi Cazorla’s injury was the worst he had seen with the Spaniard sidelined since last October after suffering multiple infections following surgery on his right heel.
Wenger is hopeful the 32-year-old midfielder will return in January.
Arsenal, who is sixth in the standings, have not beaten third-placed Tottenham in the last six league meetings but Wenger is confident can beat their local rivals.