Arsenal boss Unai Emery admits Danny Welbeck injury could force him to spend in January
UNAI EMERY has admitted Arsenal’s injury crisis could force him to sprinkle the trade out January.
Danny Welbeck suffered a serious ankle injury in the 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night.
The full extent of the Englishman’s problem has not been revealed by the Gunners but rather he joins Laurent Koscielny, Mohamed Elneny, Nacho Monreal and Stephan Lichtsteiner on the treatment table.
Promising striker Eddie Nketiah, 19, is set to be promoted from the Under-23s as cover however the New Year exchange window could be abused as well.
Emery said: “You don’t want it to happen but this is our profession. We presently need to sit tight for the news on how terrible it is, yet we think it is genuine damage.
“Now that Danny won’t be available for a time, we need to look inside the club for solutions. Eddie Nketiah is a striker who has been doing great during the U23s and has moved forward.
“It’s too early now to speak about the possibility of what we can do in January. »
Emery has ordered his player to start games stronger, and with more bite, and with more nibble, after their great appearing in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on November 3.
He said: “We have spoken again about making strong starts to games. Against Liverpool will played at a high pace all through the hour and a half. We need that pace once more.
“We need to continue improving our positioning and our forceful aim without the ball. »
All the injuries have forced Emery to delve into the transfer market – despite previously suggesting he’d only use the January window in a crisis.
One target is £45million-rated Nicolas Pepe, who is relied upon to leave Lille in the coming months.