Wenger on Giroud and Cazorla returns

Arsenal were without Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla for their goalless draw against Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon.

Giroud has been sidelined since September with a toe injury, while Cazorla picked up a knock against Ludogorets, and Arsene Wenger revealed the latest update on the duo in his post-match press conference.

on whether Arsenal missed Olivier Giroud…
Look, we didn’t make enough from our set-pieces today and from our crosses, so of course the first thing that comes to mind is a guy with a bit more size in the box and more physical presence could have helped, yes. But we’ve just come out of six straight wins you know and we still would not like to jump on this kind of excuse. We have to deal with what we face and unfortunately we are used to scoring, we are an offensive team. We have five or six offensive players on the pitch in the end, we didn’t manage to score so it’s a bit frustrating but it’s part of the Premier League. You know, the other day Man City had a similar possession against Everton and didn’t win. We have to find a way to be efficient even when the games are like that.

on whether Arsenal missed Santi Cazorla…
Yeah, of course. You miss always, of course, Cazorla. At home he is from deep midfield into the final third, his pass is always quick and accurate. And, yes.

on when Giroud and Cazorla will return…
Cazorla - I don’t really know because we have to see how he recovers on Monday and Giroud could be in the squad on Tuesday night. We have a game on Tuesday night here, so maybe he will be available to be in the squad on Tuesday.


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