Arsene Wenger admits that Danny Welbeck’s latest injury could affect his summer transfer plans.
The England international won’t be available for selection until early 2017 at the earliest which, coupled with doubts surrounding the future of other squad members, has prompted media speculation that the Gunners could try and make more than one acquisition in attack.
“It is a good question,” said Wenger when asked if Welbeck’s latest injury blow could force him to weigh up new arrivals.
“We have to think about that. When a player is out for nine months, you have to consider that it is a season and that makes you short on the striker front.”
Wenger was also quizzed on the future of Theo Walcott, linked this week with a big money move to West Ham United, backing the player to come good for Arsenal and to be picked by Roy Hodgson for England’s Euro 2016 campaign.
“I think he should go [to the Euros]. He has gone through a bad spell; it’s true. After the Man United game he has had a difficult period but in the last month, he has come back very strong. He could be a positive surprise for England.
“Yes, he will be here next season,” he continued. “Yes [he has plenty still to offer], of course.”
You don’t need us to remind you to take Arsene’s press conference comments with a pinch of salt, after all, he was the one who sparked rumours of a Walcott move when he admitted three weeks ago that he was unsure whether the player would stay on at the Emirates.
As things stand, aside from a couple of spurious links with Juventus striker, Alvaro Morata, there haven’t been too many strikers linked with us. Of course, it’s early doors and there’s a good chance we’ll have a full spreadsheet of names by mid-summer.