Midfielder Jack Wilshere will be out for approximately three months after undergoing successful surgery on his left ankle
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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is confident he will return stronger from his three-month injury lay-off and can forge a dynamic strike partnership with England forward Danny Welbeck.
Giroud, 28, has recovered more quickly than expected since suffering a freak broken leg when challenging for the ball in the closing stages of the 2-2 draw against Everton on August 23.
Manager Arsene Wenger revealed the France international could even be in contention for Saturday's Barclays Premier League showdown against Manchester United, although next weekend's trip to West Brom is perhaps a more realistic target given the player's lengthy absence.
– Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud
Danny has done really well up to now, but I am not worried that we have bought Danny.
I think we will have a good understanding on the pitch and can play together, that is the main thing, we are quite complementary.
It is a plus for us, and it will be good for the competition within the group, we will give our best every week.
We have our best years in front of us as a team, with the quality we have in the squad, now we have the quantity also, that is why I cannot wait to come back.