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Arsenal Vs. Dortmund: Wenger Explains Giroud’s Champions League Absence

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Updated November 25, 2014

Champions LeagueArsène Wenger says Olivier Giroud is not in Arsenal’s Champions League squad because the club did not expect him to return so soon.

Giroud was initially ruled out until January with the broken tibia he suffered against Everton – and the group stage ends on December 9 with a trip to Galatasaray.

However, the France striker made an early comeback on Saturday – scoring against Manchester United – and his speedy return caught everyone by surprise.

“Exactly (we presumed his injury would mean he wouldn’t be available),” Wenger said to Arsenal.com, “At the time, we bought Danny Welbeck and we had to put him on the list.

“Giroud was supposed to be unavailable for the qualifying group stage (of the Champions League) and we put him out. He is coming back early and that is good news, but of course he’s not on the list of the 25 selected players.”

Arsenal would be able to register up to three new eligible players if they progress to the last 16 of the Champions League.