London: Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will be out for up to four months after undergoing surgery to repair a broken tibia, manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Wednesday.
The France international was thought to have damaged his ankle after scoring a late equaliser in Arsenal`s 2-2 draw at Everton in the Premier League on Saturday, but Wenger revealed that he had in fact broken his leg.
"Giroud had surgery today for a broken tibia and he will be out for three to four months on the competitive side," Wenger told a press conference after his team beat Besiktas 1-0 to reach the Champions League group phase.
"He`ll be capable to play again in the Premier League at the end of December. He`ll be out for two months, but the time he needs to comes back, three to four months.
"You`ll ask who we`ll buy (to replace Giroud). At the moment, nobody."
In Giroud`s absence, new signing Alexis Sanchez scored the only goal of the game at the Emirates Stadium to send Wenger`s side into the Champions League group stage for the 17th successive season.