Olivier Giroud looks set to miss out on Arsenal’s clash against Liverpool at the Emirates on Friday night, while Mohamed Salah missed Liverpool training.
Despite only making one Premier League start this season, Giroud has still proven to be a key member of Arsene Wenger’s squad. The striker has scored seven goals over all competitions, including four in the league.
However, the 31-year-old looks set to miss out on the Gunners’ clash with Liverpool on Friday after injuring his hamstring against West Ham mid-week. The big guy pulled up in the 78th minute of Arsenal’s 1-0 Carabao Cup victory and Wenger immediately subbed him off.
After the match, Wenger admitted that Giroud would miss Friday’s game.
“Overall I think it was a positive night for us, apart from that we lost Olivier Giroud,” said Wenger post-match.
“Francis Coquelin looks less problematic but Giroud looks to be out for Friday night.
“In his [Giroud’s] statement, it does not look very good.”
Considering Arsenal are somewhat reliant on the France international to come on and grab a last-minute goal, I for one am definitely a bit nervous about not having him in the squad. Saying that, perhaps Alexandre Lacazette will get the chance to play a full game because the boss won’t feel pressured into bringing Giroud on in the 70th minute.
Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) is also out for the match.
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As for Liverpool, Daniel Sturridge was a doubt because he’s been ill. However, he was pictured in training ahead of the match, as was Joël Matip (thigh).
According to the Liverpool Echo, Mohamed Salah on the other hand missed training after being subbed off during Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Bournemouth with a hamstring problem.
“I took Mo Salah off because he had a hamstring a little bit,” said Klopp.
“Then everyone said ‘how can you take him off?’ I do not go out and say ‘yeah, but he is close to being injured’.
“He is not at the moment, thank God.”
However, the Egypt international reportedly missed training because he was promoting Vodafone in his home country. As you do before a big game…