Arsenal fans receive BAD NEWS on Welbeck’s injury

Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi has admitted that forward Danny Welbeck's long-term injury could force the Premier League club to recruit in the January transfer window.

Welbeck, often used as a backup striker by manager Unai Emery, underwent two operations after suffering a broken ankle against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League earlier this month.

While Sanllehi agreed that Welbeck's latest setback could give youngster Eddie Nketiah a chance to establish himself in the squad, he did not rule out the idea of venturing into the transfer market.

"This is absolutely something unplanned," Sanllehí told The Independent. "I am not saying that is a green light to go to the market because we have some very good players who may now get further opportunities, such as Eddie Nketiah.

SEE ALSO :Chinese TV channel pull live coverage of Arsenal vs Man City over Mesut Ozil comments

"So we need to see. We are in November so it is a good time to start analysing what options we have in the market."

No time frame has been set for Welbeck's return to action, although the England international could be out until the end of the campaign, when his contract expires at the Emirates.

"We are sad for Danny and he knows he has all the support from the club," Sanllehi added.

For More of This and Other Stories, Grab Your Copy of the Standard Newspaper.  

The former Manchester United striker has been restricted to 126 appearances since moving to Arsenal in 2014, most notably through two long-term knee injuries.

Do not miss out on the latest news. Join the Standard Digital Telegram channel HERE.

Get the latest summary of news in your email every morning. Subscribe below

* indicates required
ArsenalRaul SanllehiDanny Welbeck