Olivier Giroud allays injury fears

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is confident that he will be fit for Wednesday night's Champions League group stage match against Marseille.

The France international, who already has five goals to his name this season, was substituted at the end of Saturday's 3-1 win over Sunderland after going down with an ankle injury.

However, Giroud has alleviated concerns that he will miss Arsenal's first Champions League group stage match.

“It is not bad actually, not as bad as I first feared,” Giroud was quoted as saying by the Independent. “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].”

After failing to bring in another striker during the summer transfer window, Arsenal are currently short of options in attack. Chuba Akpom replaced Giroud for the final minutes of Saturday's clash at the Stadium of Light, but the 17-year-old lacks experience.

Denmark international Nicklas Bendtner, meanwhile, has reportedly been told to lose weight if he is to play for the Gunners again.

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