By Alex Taylor
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Olivier Giroud will not make his return from injury for the Gunners trip to Burnley on Sunday – and fans have had a mixed reaction to the news on Twitter.
Giroud, 30, has been out of action with a toe injury and is not expected to be back until mid-October.
The north London club have successfully replaced the French forward with Alexis Sanchez in his absence and are likely to employ the same tactic at Turf Moor this weekend.
Some supporters on social media were saddened by Giroud’s delayed return while others claimed he should be binned from the team.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
@YankeeGunner did you win a wishbone or something? Mobile forwards and no Giroud…
— Arjun Ahluwalia (@ArjAhloo) September 30, 2016
Olivier not coming back??? Ion get. Oh well… The team is in great shape but will miss him.
— EL Dalyop – Lover of @Arsenal (@El_lumiNohDee) September 30, 2016
No Olivier no problem
— Solomon Muyundo (@solomonmuyundo) September 30, 2016
oh coq quickest recovery
Olivia I am missing those headers
— Kevinbankz (@Kevinbankz1) September 30, 2016
The former Montpellier forward has played just four times for the Gunners this season, failing to score a goal and providing just one assist.
Arsenal have enjoyed a strong start to the season though, picking up 13 points from their first six games.
Wenger will be hoping his side can collect their fifth win in five games outings on Sunday and guide his side up the table.