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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirms key duo likely to miss start of season

Arsenal pair Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny are expected to miss the start of the new Premier League season after their Euro 2016 exploits.

The French duo were left disappointed at this summer’s major tournament, with Les Bleus losing in the final against Portugal on July 10.

Having finished so late and with a short turnaround until the start of the domestic season, Wenger has emphasised the importance of the pair being given enough time to recover and come back ready to go.

In turn, he is going to afford them the appropriate amount of holiday to recharge their batteries, but based on his timeline, they will have just a week of pre-season before the campaign gets underway.

“You consider the rest time because France had a long, long go and I believe that they need four weeks’ holiday because they need to recover from that,” Wenger told Arsenal Player, as noted by Sky Sports.

“It takes you two or three weeks to regenerate, to recover completely, and they need to come back with hunger. That disappointment to lose a final, it takes some time to recover from that.

“I believe the club benefits from experiences at the top level, and the mental experiences as well that they have gone through with such a huge pressure. Of course, in the longer term you benefit from that.”

The Gunners get their season underway against Liverpool at the Emirates on August 14, and Wenger now faces the real possibility of starting without a recognised striker through a combination of injuries and lack of success in the transfer market.

The likes of Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil are also still on holiday, and so the French tactician may be severely short of options against Jurgen Klopp and his men which could pile the pressure on them early if they don’t start with a positive result, similar to last season with their loss to West Ham United.

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