By Dominic Toner
Olivier Giroud will undergo a late fitness test on Friday ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League meeting with Chelsea.
The Gunners host their London rivals on Saturday and Arsene Wenger has revealed that Giroud may be in contention.
The 29-year-old, who has been a first-regular during most of his three years at Arsenal, has made just three substitute appearances this season and is currently absent with a toe injury.
The Frenchman could return for the Chelsea clash and Wenger has explained that he will have to wait to find out the forward’s availability, as quoted by talkSPORT.
“Olivier Giroud has a test today to see if he can be involved, he had a good training session yesterday so he is really the only one who could come back,” he said.
Giroud has not enjoyed a great start to the new season and was sent off in the Champions League draw against Paris Saint-Germain.
The striker has netted an impressive 82 goals in just 190 appearances since he moved to the Emirates in 2012.
Wenger signed Spaniard Lucas Perez in the transfer window and he scored his first goals for the club mid-week, with a brace against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup third-round.
Arsenal have also used attacker Alexis Sanchez as the frontline striker in recent weeks, with Giroud taking his time to return to full fitness after the Euros.
The club have suffered an injury blow as Aaron Ramsey has been ruled out for a month and will have to watch the Chelsea game from the sidelines.
In other Arsenal team news, Alan Smith has named this current player in the club’s all time XI under Wenger.