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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed that Danny Welbeck’s injury will not force the club to sign a new forward in January, according to ESPN.
Welbeck suffered a horrific ankle injury in the Europa league clash against Sporting Lisbon after landing awkwardly at the end of a contested header.
He was stretchered off the pitch in an oxygen mask and rushed to the hospital for treatment, and while the club are yet to receive final reports from scans, it is feared that his season is over, with many including Emery afraid that he might have suffered a broken ankle.
Arsenal are left with no senior backup for strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, and they have been expected to dip into the transfer market to sign a replacement.
There has been a lot of speculations that the Gunners would move for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe as a replacement.
But Emery has now ruled out possible January signings and insist that he would rather look for a solution internally.
That solution could very likely be young striker Eddie Nketiah according to him.
“The first [choice] is to look inside, and we have one striker also who is working well with the under-23s and is improving also, Eddie Nketiah, and he could have chances,” Emery said ahead of Sunday’s Premier League meeting with Wolves.
“But I think it’s early for speaking about the possibility [of making signings] in January.“
Nketiah has been scoring for fun for the youth sides over the years and made his first team breakthrough last season.
However, he is yet to make an appearance this season, but has scored six times in seven appearances for the U23s and has made the bench for the first team on a number of occasions.
He is now expected to get more first team chances in the coming weeks to lay a stake for a regular first team role.
There is also the option of recalling Reiss Nelson from loan in January. The youngster scored his sixth Bundesliga goal for Hoffenheim at the weekend and now averages a goal every 51 minutes leading to calls for his recall.
However, Emery ruled out a January recall before the game against Lisbon. “At the moment we don’t speak about that,” Emery said then. “With Reiss, we are very happy with him at the moment. We follow him every match. We are thinking about how he can help us in the future.
“It is our idea with him [to let him get regular playing time in Germany]. He can take responsibility, minutes and confidence in a team where he can play more. Then the objective is to come back with us and grow with this experience.“
With Welbeck’s injury, we’d now wait to see if the manager will change his mind on recalling the youngster.