Arsene Wenger has confirmed the news about Olivier Giroud’s injury and revealed the striker had an operation today to fix his fractured ankle.
Speaking after the 1-0 win over Besiktas which put his side into the Champions League for the 17th consecutive season, the manager said, “Giroud had successful surgery today. He is out competitively until end of December or the beginning of January.”
Get well soon, HFB.
In his absence Alexis Sanchez got the vital goal tonight, and the manager was keen to praise him after the game.
“Alexis had a good game,” he said. “He was mobile, dangerous, and has shown he has great fighting spirit.”
While Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain praised his teammates, but admitted it was nervy affair.
“Yeah, there’s relief. When we went down to 10 men, our backs were to wall like in the first leg. The main thing is that we defended well and did that as a team.
“We’ve got a great togetherness, we haven’t played at our best maybe but we stuck together and did what we had to do.”