Arsenal Balls: Giroud’s Ankle Poses Questions For Edinson Cavani
HOW football journalism worsk with the Daily Mirror’s Ben Burrows. He’s looking at Arsenal. The headline begins with a quesion:
Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Nikola Zigic eyed as shock Olivier Giroud replacement?
Anorak holds the the theory that the answer to any headline questison is “No”. But Burrows has copy to file. And Arsenal are big news. He ploughs on:
Arsene Wenger has splashed more cash than normal this summer but with injuries mounting could well dip his toes in again before the deadline
He could. Or he could not.
Olivier Giroud will be out until next year after it was revealed the Arsenal star’s injury is even WORSE than first feared.
Well, no. Arsenal say they won’t reveal the extent of Giroud’s injury until he’s taken a second scan. And as for Giroud retutring to action in January, the Mirror’s Neil McLeman told Mirror readers a few hours earlier:
Worst-case scenario for knock suffered at Everton on Saturday could sideline the striker for three months and force Wenger into a last-gasp transfer dash
That’s a late November return. Maybe.
What have Arsenal been saying? Well, Arsene Wenger told one and all:
“He overstretched his ankle. It was on the ball, not a contact…We came back on Saturday night and he was at home on Sunday. He had a medical check and we needed to have further investigation. The first news is not fantastic, but I am not a doctor. So I wait for tomorrow’s complete examination and decision for how long he will be out.”
Such are the facts, then. But Dr Burrows adds:
Wenger has now been told the lay-off will be more than three months and the rehabilitation from the injury suffered against Everton on Saturday will drag on long into 2015. That will force him into the transfer market with only six days remaining until the summer window closes…
Will it? Maybe. The Mirror is guessing. And Arsenal buying a striker is not new news. Back on August 14, the trusty Torquay Herald Express reportedthe Gunenrs interst in Paris St-Germain striker Edison Cavani.
United want £16m for [Danny] Welbeck but are reluctant to sell to a direct rival, pushing Wenger into looking at various options with QPR striker Loic Remy and Torino’s Italian forward Alessio Cerci possibilities.
Burrows has loaded the scattergun and pressed f9 on his keyboard.
Of course, this is the Daily Mirror, which reports on Cavani to Arsenal in the hosue stule:
That’s a “No”, then…