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Arsenal admit they are considering signing a replacement for Welbeck

Arsenal are considering entering the January transfer market following the nasty ankle injury picked up by Danny Welbeck in their recent Europa League game against Sporting Lisbon.

Welbeck had been getting a decent amount of game time for Arsenal this season, starting all of the Gunners cup matches, as well as making regular appearances in the Premier League from the bench.

However, the Manchester United academy graduate broke his ankle in the clubs 0-0 draw at the Emirates against Portuguese giants, Sporting Lisbon, and with a little over six months remaining on his current contract, he may have played his last game for the club.

While the Gunners still have plenty have of attacking options, with Eddie Nketiah seemingly set to step up, the club’s head of football Raul Sanllehi has said that they are considering dipping into the transfer market in January.

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“That is absolutely something unplanned,” Sanllehi said of Welbeck’s injury to Sky Sports.

“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’s 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.

“The plans were made in the summer. We are happy with how things are going. We are always going to strive to be the best team we can be.

“If there is a very good opportunity, we are definitely going to consider [it], we will see. Danny Welbeck’s injury alters, in a way, the views.”

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