Arsenal Step Up Interest In Manchester United Star Following Olivier Giroud’s Injury

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The Gunners are keen to land Welbeck.

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With Olivier Giroud likely to be injured until the New Year, Arsenal have stepped up their interest in Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck as cover, reports the Independent.

Giroud picked up an ankle injury in the latter stages of the Gunners’ 2-2 Premier League draw with Everton on Saturday and the initial prognosis suggests the Frenchman will be sidelined for at least three months.

This poses something of a selection headache for manager Arsene Wenger, who only has youngster Yaya Sanogo as an alternative as an out-and-out striker.

Against the Toffees at the weekend new £35m signing Alexis Sanchez was trialed in the No.9 role, but to no real avail, and whilst the likes of Joel Campbell, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott can also play there, none of them are a natural fit.

This is what has drawn Wenger to Welbeck, with Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal telling the England international that he is allowed to leave Old Trafford this summer.

Yet United do not want to sell to a main rival and the relationship between the two clubs is currently strained after the North Londoners blocked an approach from van Gaal for their former captain Thomas Vermaelen – who eventually moved to FC Barcelona instead.

Therefore it’s thought it would cost Wenger around £16m to land Welbeck, with the 23-year-old finding himself well down the pecking order currently at the Theatre of Dreams.

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