Alessio Cerci
Alessio Cerci Reuters

Arsenal are fearing the worst as reports suggest striker Olivier Giroud could be out for three months with a broken foot.

According to the Telegraph, the striker could be sidelined for a long period after the first scan was inconclusive. The Frenchman went down clutching his ankle during the dying minutes of the game against Everton on Saturday.

This puts Wenger in a precarious situation as Giroud is the only recognised striker in the Gunners ranks, with the other being the inexperienced Yaya Sanogo, who is also struggling with a hamstring issue. This gives the Frenchman very little time to find a replacement.

Arsenal have reportedly made enquiries for Italy international forward Alessio Cerci, who currently plays for Torino in the Serie A.

According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, the Gunners are keen on bringing the Italian to the Emirates as a replacement for the currently injured Giroud.

The Serie A striker, has been linked with a move away from the club all summer long and was linked with a move to Manchester United earlier in the year.

The 26-year-old, who can play as a right winger or as a second striker, had an impressive season with Torino last season scoring 13 goals and providing 12 assists in the league.

The Serie A club's sporting director Gianluca Petrachi admitted earlier in the summer that despite their wish to hold on to the player, the club will not stand in the way of the forward if he decides to leave during the transfer window.

"We want to keep Alessio because we don't need to sell at this moment in time," Petrachi said, as quoted in the Express.

"That was also the case for Immobile [who joined Borussia Dortmund], but the will of the player is important," the Torino sporting director added.