Arsene Wenger provides latest Arsenal injury update ahead of Southampton clash
The Arsenal manager provides an update on Mathieu Debuchy, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Olivier Giroud is a doubt ahead of Arsenal’s League Cup clash against Southampton on Wednesday night.
The France international was a second-half substitute as the Gunners eased to a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
Giroud came off the bench with 14 minutes remaining at the Emirates Stadium but the 30-year-old couldn’t continue his record of scoring as a second-half substitute in the Premier League this season – but did set up Alexis Sanchez’s second goal.
His compatriot Mathieu Debuchy was forced off in the first half due to an injury, while Theo Walcott has been struggling with a problem in recent weeks despite starting on Sunday afternoon.
Arsenal will face south coast opposition for the second successive game in north London on Wednesday night when the Saints make the trip to The Emirates in the League Cup quarter-final.
Speaking to Sky Sports following Arsenal’s 3-1 win against Bournemouth on Sunday evening, Wenger admitted that Giroud was suffering with a hamstring injury but played down fitness concerns over Debuchy and Walcott.
“Walcott was just a kick,” said Wenger. “The only worry we have is Giroud.
“He looked to touch his hamstring. We have to see how deep the damage is. He told me on his first movement he felt a twinge.”
The Arsenal manager added: “Debuchy thinks it is a severe one, but don’t go too far yet. I have to speak to the medical people.
“We have to let it breathe. Usually he would have an MRI in a couple of days.
“Debuchy had many setbacks so I imagined something could happen to him when I picked the squad.”