Arsenal chief acknowledges club’s transfer plans may change after Welbeck setback
Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi has acknowledged that the club could dip into the transfer market for a new marksman when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year. The Gunners recently witness Danny Welbeck sustain a serious ankle injury and this has left them with just two senior strikers in the form of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Amidst this, there has been plenty of speculation regarding the pursuit of a new striker and Sanllehi has admitted that could become a possibility when the transfer window reopens, he 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 is 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.”
“Welbeck had been impressive during the opening months under Unai Emery and he had contributed five goals for the Gunners before sustaining the serious ankle damage.“ The Englishman’s current deal is presently due to expire at the end of the season but BBC Sport’s David Ornstein has recently confirmed that the club plan to extend the contract with the sentimental point of view in mind.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have been impressive under the guidance of Unai Emery this campaign and they have not suffered a defeat in any competition since mid-August. Still, “they have recently gone“ with the trend of regular draws including three successive ones in the Premier League and they will be hoping to erase the streak when they face Bournemouth on the road after the international break.