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Injuries curtail big day for Arsenal's Champions League hopes

27 August 2014, 11:45

London - Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been ruled out the Champions League playoff against Besiktas on Wednesday and the team is waiting to discover the severity of his foot injury.

Giroud may be facing an extended spell on the sidelines after getting hurt in a 2-2 draw with Everton in the Premier League on Saturday, seconds after scoring.

The 27-year-old France international has undergone two scans and is due to see a specialist on Wednesday.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says "it can be (long term), we'll see."

Arsenal, chasing a spot in the group stage of the Champions League, drew 0-0 at Besiktas in the first leg.

They will also be without captain Mikel Arteta, full-back Kieran Gibbs and Theo Walcott through injury, while key man Aaron Ramsey is injured for the match at the Emirates Stadium in London.

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