Arsene Wenger admits he’ll wait until the last minute before making a decision on Olivier Giroud’s involvement against Marseille and revealed that Mesut Ozil is still struggling with illness.
The French striker has a swollen knee following Saturday’s win against Sunderland and could be left at home for Wednesday’s Champions League opener as a precaution.
Should the hitman, who has been in good form this term with five goals in six games, not make the trip, the Gunners would have only Theo Walcott as a viable striking option with Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo already sidelined. The Greatest Striker That Ever Lived doesn’t count.
“We have a few problems,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“Some with Ozil but the main one is Giroud, who has a knee problem.
“He will have a test tomorrow and hopefully he will be fit. But it will only be decided tomorrow.
“I have not really thought about it that much [who’ll replace him] but the obvious solution is Walcott. We’ll see.
“Ozil was ill and has some tight muscles after Saturday. But I think he will be OK. We are optimistic.”
In better news Per Mertesacker has recovered from sickness and will slot back into the centre of defence alongside Laurent Koscielny.