Arsenal chief hints at January signing to replace 27-year-old

Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi drops a hint that the Gunners could sign Danny Welbeck

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Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck Photo: Danny Welbeck / Instagram

Arsenal could be forced to enter the January transfer market to sign a replacement for Danny Welbeck, the club’s head of football Raul Sanllehi has suggested.

The Gunners were dealt a blow earlier this month after Welbeck suffered a broken ankle during Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League.

The north London side have been left lightweight in options up front given Welbeck’s long-term absence after the 27-year-old underwent two operations on his ankle.

Arsenal have already relied upon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the current Premier League season, scoring a combined 12 goals in 12 games.

However, the Gunners will be eager to protect the pair’s fitness given Arsenal will be competing in four different competitions this season.

The Daily Mirror suggests that the Gunners could target Lille forward Nicolas Pepe and AS Roma attacker Patrik Schik to add more depth to Unai Emery’s attacking options.

And Arsenal head of football Sanllehi has dropped a big hint that the Gunners will look to sign a replacement for Welbeck in the January transfer window.

“We are very sad for Danny and he knows he has all the support from the club. Yes, that makes you consider things,” Sanllehi is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

“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, we will see. Danny Welbeck’s injury alters, in a way, the views.”

Arsenal have made an impressive start to the Premier League season, having bounced back from opening losses to defending champions Manchester City and Chelsea FC.

The Gunners are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League games to hoist themselves up the top flight standings to fifth place.

Arsenal will make the trip to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

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