Injury Blow: Olivier Giroud Leaves Liberty Stadium With Calf Tear

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Olivier Giroud has been forced off during Arsenal’s game at Swansea after picking up an ankle injury in the first half.

The  30 year Old  striker – whose goal separated the teams at the break before Alex Iwobi doubled the advantage at the start of the second half – was hurt midway through the half after challenging for possession with a Swansea defender.

The Frenchman tried to run it off initially but was clearly being troubled by the injury every time he attempted to pick up any pace and was replaced in the 60th minute by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

That didn’t stop him opening the scoring, however, and continuing his fine form in front of goal when he pounced from close range to fire past Lukasz Fabianski after Mesut Ozil’s header had deflected into his path.

Oxlade-Chamberlain started to get prepared to come on immediately after the goal went in – but Giroud signalled to the bench that he would try to get through to half-time.

The Frenchman reappeared after the interval, but was unable to continue and signalled to come off on the hour, with Oxlade-Chamberlain coming on to replace him.

The loss of Giroud will be a big blow to the Gunners, with his first-half goal at the Liberty taking his tally to 10 goals in his last 16 games in all competitions.

 

 

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