Giroud Downplays Ankle Injury
Olivier Giroud has revealed that the ankle injury he picked up in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday is nothing serious, and he should be fit to play in Wednesday night’s Champions League group match against Olympique Marseille.
The France international twisted his ankle against the Black Cats and was unable to finish the game, which led to his substitution late in the second half. With him being Arsenal’s only recognised, fit and in-form centre-forward, there were fears that his injury could create a striker crisis at the club. But, fortunately for the Gunners, Giroud is confident he will have recovered completely by the time they travel to France to tackle Marseille.
Giroud told the press: “I tried to connect with the ball a little bit too early and I caught my foot in the grass. I twisted my ankle but fortunately, it is nothing major. I am OK, sure I will be fine [for Marseille].”
After a so-so debut season, Giroud is finally beginning to fulfil the promise that led Arsene Wenger to sign him from Montpellier for £9.6million. He scored just 17 goals in 47 games last season but already has five in six this time around. And he feels that with the quality, creative force behind him, his numbers will keep on improving.
He added: “This is the best run I have had since I joined Arsenal and I think it is also my best form too. And now that we have our new player, it can get even better. We knew all about his [Ozil’s] quality but when you are out there on the pitch, playing with him, he is even better.
“He is always looking for opening and sees things so early while his first touch is simply amazing. You can see immediately that he is going to make this team better. But let’s face it, with his quality, he would make any team in the world better. Not every striker is lucky enough to have players like Ozil, Aaron [Ramsey],Jack [Wilshere],Theo [Walcott] and [Santi] Cazorla behind them. I feel very fortunate.”
Gunners Replotting Rooney and Suarez Moves for January
Arsenal FC will try to sign Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney in the January transfer window, according to a report published by the Daily Mail.
The tabloid claim that the Gunners still have about £30million left in their transfer kitty, and they will try to offer it all to the Red Devils with a view to taking their star Englishman to the Emirates Stadium. They further add now that they have a World Class number 10 like Mesut Ozil on their books, Arsenal’s interest will be taken seriously by Rooney, who might edge for a move then.
Coach Arsene Wenger’s interest in Liverpool star Luis Suarez is apparently not dead either. They have been tipped to make another move for the Uruguayan if their Rooney pursuit fails. Suarez though wants to move to Real Madrid, and the Reds would also prefer to sell their prized asset to a non-PL club.
Eto’o Claims to Have Rejected Arsenal
Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o has revealed how he was on the verge of signing for Arsenal FC as a teenager but then rejected the North Londoners in a decision, which he believes, changed the trajectory of his career.
In 2000, Eto’o was put up for sale by Real Madrid for a paltry transfer fee of £4.4million. The Gunners had agreed to pay that sum, and all that remained was for them to get the player to sign the contract. He would have done so, had then-Real Mallorca coach Luis Aragones not convinced him to choose his side over a move to the Premier League.
Eto’o recalled: “I met Luis (who went on to coach Spain) at a crucial moment in my life where I had to take the right direction – and thanks to him I did. I was about to sign that very afternoon at Arsenal and maybe I would never have been the player I am today. Luis picked me, then I ended up joining Barcelona. That decision changed everything.”
Inter’s Olsen on Arsenal’s Radar
Arsenal FC are interested in signing Inter Milan’s talented midfielder Patrick Olsen, the Express have claimed.
The Gunners have been monitoring the 19-year-old Dane for the past few months and want to take him on loan for a year before talking permanent terms with him and his club. However, Inter are unlikely to be interested in such a deal and would be willing to do business only if they’re offered fee for a permanent transfer.
The Serie A side signed Olsen from Brondby last year after he impressed mightily in the UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship the previous year.