Olivier Giroud’s injury ‘very difficult’ for Arsenal, says defender
Laurent Koscielny admits that Olivier Giroud's long-term injury is a huge blow for Arsenal
Laurent Koscielny admits that Olivier Giroud’s long-term injury is a huge blow for Arsenal.
The France striker has been ruled out until the new year after sustaining a broken tibia bone in the 2-2 draw at Everton last month.
I know him and I know he will come back stronger
And Koscielny concedes that the new of the 27-year-old lengthy spell on the sidelines is “very difficult” for the Gunners to swallow.
“Olivier is an important player for us,” Koscielny told Arsenal Player. “He’s very strong during the game and he’s scored a lot of goals.
“So for us it’s very difficult to lose him. But I know him and I know he will come back stronger.
“He will want to show everyone that he can be a very good player and a good striker in the Premier League and in Europe. It is important for us that Olivier keeps this mentality and comes back stronger for us.
“We have a lot of players in the forward positions now so we have a solution. We played with Alexis, Yaya Sanogo and Lukas Podolski, so we have a solution and now we need to be a unit and to prepare the same way to win the game.
“When you are injured for three, four or five months, the most difficult thing is to keep motivated and be happy enough to come back. Some days you could just say I don’t want to come back – I can’t arrive this week. We need to be with him.”