Arsenal chief Raul Sanllehi has hinted the injury to Danny Welbeck could change the club’s plans in the January transfer window.
The Gunners recently lost Welbeck to what looked a nasty ankle injury as he had to be stretchered off in the Sporting Lisbon game in the Europa League.
While Welbeck has not exactly always been a regular starter for Unai Emery’s side, the England international is a useful squad player and experienced member of this team.
Arsenal will be weaker without him as an option up front or out wide, and Sanllehi has suggested this could mean a replacement will be needed when the transfer window opens this winter.
‘We are very sad for Danny and he knows he has all the support from the club. Yes, that [the injury] makes you consider things,’ Sanllehi is quoted in the Telegraph.
One player being linked with Arsenal recently is in-form Lille attacker Nicolas Pepe, whom the Sun claimed was interesting the north London giants following Welbeck’s injury.
The Ivory Coast international certainly seems a tempting option, and most fans would surely feel he’d have been an upgrade on Welbeck anyway.
Still, Sanllehi did not name targets or even commit to necessarily signing a new player, even if he hinted it would make the club reconsider their movements this January.