According to Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi, the Gunners may need to dip into the transfer market in January to replace the injured Danny Welbeck. The England international suffered a broken ankle against Sporting Lisbon and has had two operations to fix the problem.
Not ruling signing a replacement for Welbeck
While boss Unai Emery has stated that it will give a chance to others players, including youngster Eddie Nketiah, the clubs head of football did not rule outing signing a replacement. Talking about the injury, Sanllehi told Sky Sports: “That is absolutely something unplanned,”
“Yes, that makes you consider things. I am not saying that’s a green light to go to the market but we have good players in the house also that may get further opportunities, like Eddie Nketiah for example.
“We need to see. We are in November, so it’s a good time to start analysing what options we have in the market. We are not closing the door but it’s still not the preferred one.
“The plans were made in the summer. We are happy with how things are going. We are always going to strive to be the best team we can be.
“If there is a very good opportunity, we are definitely going to consider [it], we will see. Danny Welbeck’s injury alters, in a way, the views.”
Will struggle to sign anybody in January
The January transfer window is notoriously hard one to sign players. Former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger always stated it was a bad time to bring in players. The reason for that opinion is that not many quality players will move in the winter transfer window.
On many occasions if a player is moving in January, it means they are surplus to requirements at another club, which is not a good sign for a buying club. Signing players in January almost means having to deal with them being cup-tied for the Europa League.
Arsenal signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of from Dortmund in January was a rarity in the fact that the Gunners signed a quality player at the peak of his powers. Those are few and far between in the January transfer window.
Emery has a point about other players getting a chance. Nketiah has looked lively in his limited first-team action. No doubt, he has something about him and could prove to be a decent alternative in Welbeck’s absence.
Arsenal are not desperately short of forward cover, as they have good forwards options. If an opportunity to good to miss popped up, then I do not see why the Gunners would not sign somebody. However, that is very unlikely.
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