Arsenal Injury Update – Welbeck, Wilshere, Mertesacker, Gabriel & Others

If England international striker Danny Welbeck wasn’t injured, Arsenal’s need for a striker would probably have not been so profound as it is right now. Although with Welbeck, Arsenal still needed another striker but the 25-year-old Ghana born striker’s injury has made the situation worst. Without Welbeck, we only have Giroud as Walcott has shown he can’t be relied on as a striker, hence Wenger must ensure a striker is brought in before the transfer window closes.

Welbeck was initially expected to be out till February but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given an update and confirmed the striker will be back in January rather than initially reported February return date. This is certainly good news for Arsenal as we could do with the former Manchester United striker.

Unfortunately this good news could turn out to be bad news. This is because knowing Wenger, it won’t be surprising if he chooses not to sign a striker because Welbeck is coming back earlier than initially expected. Welbeck’s return to the team last season ( from yet another injury ) rejuventated the team but let’s be honest, Welbeck is not a world class striker, he should at best be a second choice for a team that is fighting to win the title.

This is not to say Welbeck is a bad player but Arsenal could do better. And considering Arsenal’s history with injuries, it will not be a surprise if the striker suffers a set back in his bid to make an early return to the team.

Aside Welbeck, Wenger also gave updates on other injured players. Quotes from Wenger below;

on Gabriel…

Gabriel has an ankle problem, and will be out for six to eight weeks. It is a bit better than we feared at the start.

on Jack Wilshere…

Jack is doing well, but he will be short for Sunday. He is back in training but will not be completely ready for Sunday.

on Carl Jenkinson…

Carl is doing well, and he should be back in November. He is on schedule for his return.

on Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck…

We had very good news on Danny’s latest scan and Per is at the moment off his feet for three weeks, so of course if is a bit boring for him. He is with his family in Hannover, but on the football front he is very frustrated. We think it will be four to five months for both players.

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  1. “….Welbeck was initially expected to be out till February but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given an update and confirmed the striker will be back in January rather than initially reported February return date. This is certainly good news for Arsenal as we could do with the former Manchester United striker…. ”

    Thing is the player is coming back from a major knee injury. A few weeks either way on the estimate is meaningless, as he will first have to get back to training, build up and deal with the response of his knee to full loads, which no one can predict right now.

    And then even when he plays, limited time and cant play back to back games. Has everyone forgotten that this is why Wenger kept him out of some games last when everyone was screaming to play Welbeck in every game?

    It will be end of season before Welbeck is fully back to fitness and capability.

    “….Welbeck’s return to the team last season ( from yet another injury ) rejuventated the team but let’s be honest, Welbeck is not a world class striker, he should at best be a second choice for a team that is fighting to win the title.This is not to say Welbeck is a bad player but Arsenal could do better….

    Too much absolutism. Welbeck if fit, is better than many of the players mooted as targets.

    But more important is to go back to the game with Barcelona at Camp Nou last season. There you see the blueprint for why Wenger bought Welbeck. To use in games where you want to counterattack. There the front line was: Iwobi, Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck. He did a good job there and close to scoring – was unlucky not to have a goal. Giroud could not have done this job. Nor some of the targets, except Morata. Could Higuain have done this? No.

    In other games Wenger used Welbeck as a wide striker supplementing Giroud. Again he did a great job there.

    Only one top striker out there really who could double on these jobs that Welbeck is doing: Aubameyang. He worth probably 70 million in today’s market – and probably more since Dontmund doesnt want to sell and isnt broke.

    Just remember that when you say how mediocre Welbeck is. If he is fit and no injury, he is still proabably a 40 million striker in this market. I mean hell Bolassie just sold for THIRTY million. Bolassie….!!!

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