Arsene Wenger fears Olivier Giroud will miss three weeks and the entirety of Arsenal’s festive fixtures after injuring his hamstring in the Carabao Cup quarter-final win against West Ham.
Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck scored a 42nd minute scrappy winner in a very boring game to earn the Gunners a 1-0 victory over West Ham on Tuesday at the Emirates to book their place in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup.
Giroud started the match, but hobbled off with 12 minutes remaining with a suspected hamstring injury.
The Frenchman has been scarcely used by Wenger this term, prompting speculation he could leave the Gunners in January to boost his chances of earning a call-up to the national squad for next summer’s World Cup.
“It doesn’t look very good for him.
“I think he’s out of Friday night.”
“Hamstring, normally 21 days,” Wenger remarked when questioned on the severity of Giroud’s injury.
“It looks like he (Giroud) is out for Christmas. We will normally do a scan 48 hours after – Thursday – then we will have an idea of the grade.
“When you hear him the pain is quite big but the grade is not always linked with the pain.”
After Liverpool on Friday (20:45), the Gunners face visits to Palace three days after Christmas and West Brom, finishing up with Chelsea at home to kick off the new year.