Arsenal have been forced to lighten the load on Olivier Giroud's training regime as they fear their only striker will succumb to injury, reports the Daily Mail.

Giroud is currently Arsenal's only established centre-forward and has started more outfield games than any other outfield player so far this season.

Having not missed a Premier League or a Champions League game so far this term, the club are fearing the French international will burn out before they get a chance to add reinforcements in January.

If he was to get injured, next in line to the starting spot up front is Nicklas Bendtner, who has declared his desire to leave the Gunners several times in the last few weeks.

Seeing Bendtner start for Arsenal is a sight no Arsenal fan wants to see and it seems that the Arsenal coaches are doing their best to make sure it doesn't happen as well.

In a bid to keep Giroud as fresh as possible, they have decreased the intensity of his training regime, making sure his fatigue levels don't hit risky levels.

Until the January transfer window opens, Giroud will continue to be heavily relied upon with any injury being potentially calamitous for Arsenal's title hopes.

The Gunners are top of the table at the moment but can put a large chuck of that ascent down to the hard work of Giroud, who has five goals and four assists in the Premier League so far this season.

Arsenal have been liked with several strikers in January with the Daily Telegraph reporting that Arsenal are keeping tabs of Edin Dzeko, Javier Hernandez and Karim Benzema in the hope of sealing a January move for one of the three.

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