Arsenal are sweating over the fitness of Mesut Özil and Olivier Giroud as they prepare to take on Marseille in the Champions League.
Özil was sick on Friday and missed training but still went on to play 79 minutes of Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Sunderland. His absence would be felt badly with Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky also injured. Giroud twisted his knee in the final minutes of the game and had to be substituted. Fears were quickly quashed when he later posted on Twitter saying he was fine which was backed up by quotes in the Daily Mail.
“It is not bad actually, not as bad as I first feared. I got a kick earlier in the game but no-one was near me when I did it this time. I tried to connect with the ball a little bit too early and I caught my foot in the grass. I twisted my ankle but fortunately, it is nothing major.”
“I am OK, sure I will be fine for Marseille.”
Arsene Wenger didn’t seem so sure when he spoke about Giroud’s chances of playing.
“We have a few problems. Some with Özil 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.”
The Frenchman is unsure whether his striker will be able to play but will leave it to the last possible moment before making a decision, he is more hopeful record signing Özil will make it. Should they both be declared fit, they will join Per Mertesacker on the plane to France after recovering from illness.