Olivier Giroud will be out until next year after it was revealed the Arsenal star’s injury is even WORSE than first feared.

Giroud saw another specialist on Tuesday, and the Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger will confirm in the next 24 hours that the French striker has suffered a fractured ankle.

Wenger has now been told the lay-off will be more than three months and the rehabilitation from the injury suffered against Everton on Saturday will drag on long into 2015.

That will force him into the transfer market with only six days remaining until the summer window closes - and Arsenal have already made an enquiry about Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck.

United want £16m for Welbeck but are reluctant to sell to a direct rival, pushing Wenger into looking at various options with QPR striker Loic Remy and Torino’s Italian forward Allesio Cerci possibilities.