Arsenal have been dealt a huge blow to their title ambitions this season after learning that Danny Welbeck faces months on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery, the BBC reports.
The 24-year-old initially sustained the injury back in April (via BBC), seeing his his first campaign with the club stall after just eight goals in 34 appearances.
“The injury to his cartilage did not respond as well as hoped and the decision was taken last week for him to undergo surgery,” read a statement on the club’s official website.
“Danny is now expected to be out for a period of months and everyone at Arsenal wishes him well.”
The Gunners were the only side in any of Europe’s top five leagues not to sign an outfield player during the summer transfer window, something that has lead the Arsenal Supporter’s Trust to call for an inquiry into the club’s transfer policy (via BBC).
Having only brought in Petr Cech, Wenger addressed one of his side’s most pressing problems in recent years, but his obvious need to add a striker went untended.
This now leaves just Olivier Giroud as the club’s only recognised senior striker, and despite Theo Walcott’s desire to feature up front on a more regular basis (via Metro), he is more effective on the wing and Wenger’s decision not to spend on a goalscorer could now prove costly.
However, the BBC report finishes off by hinting that he perhaps saw nobody worth investing in.
“Am I happy with the investment I make? Yes, every time. You have to find the players to invest in,” he said.
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