Updated: Tuesday, 26 August 2014 20:44 | By Agence France-Presse

Giroud out of Besiktas clash as Wenger awaits scan results

Olivier Giroud has been ruled out of Arsenal's Champions League play-off against Besiktas on Wednesday with a foot injury, manager Arsene Wenger confirmed.


Giroud out of Besiktas clash as Wenger awaits scan results

Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring the equaliser during the English Premier League game against Everton at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north-west England on August 23, 2014 - by Lindsey Parnaby

The Gunners are awaiting the results of a second scan on Giroud's ankle, amidst fears the France striker coud be sidelined for three months.

A fuller assessment of how long Giroud will be out should come after he has seen a specialist on Tuesday.

"Olivier will not play against Besiktas and will see a specialist, then we'll make an announcement of how long he'll be out," Wenger said.

Giroud, 27, suffered the injury in the Gunners' 2-2 draw at Everton on Saturday, shortly after ensuring a share of the points by scoring Arsenal's 90th-minute equaliser at Goodison Park.

He needed an extra scan to reveal the full extent of the damage once swelling in the injury, which hampered initial investigations, had gone down.

Wenger may now be forced to dip into the transfer market in search of a replacement if the Frenchman faces an extended spell on the sidelines.

"It can be (a long term injury). We'll see tomorrow. I don't know (if it's broken). It's sad for us," Wenger said.

Summer signing Alexis Sanchez could operate as the loan striker against Besiktas, while Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski or Joel Campbell could also start.

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