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Danny Welbeck was frustratingly forced off injured against Manchester City last weekend, and the injury looks set to keep him out for up to five months, according to Goal.
The former Manchester United man has already missed most of the season through injury, and since his return he’s been showing some excellent form. He looked to have re-injured the same knee he’s been struggling with since last season though, colliding with Bacary Sagna and never really recovering.
It always looked like it could potentially be a nasty one, with the nature of the collision making it look like it could be a meniscus tear. It’s now been suggested that he could miss up to five months, although we’re yet to get any official confirmation of just how serious his injury is.
It’s a real blow to be without Welbeck for any length of time, as he’s proven himself an excellent squad player. He’s been arguably a far better option up front that Olivier Giroud when available, while also being better than most other alternatives on the wings. Alexis Sanchez and Alex Iwobi have been ahead of him in the pecking order, but everyone else has been largely behind him.
Hopefully Arsene Wenger takes Welbeck’s injury into account when looking at signings this summer, and doesn’t go with the old ‘like a new signing‘ excuse next season. We need a new signing regardless of Welbeck’s injury status, but Wenger has a habit of relying on injured players to return and save our season.
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It would obviously be great to have Welbeck back at the start of next season, but his knee injury last time around lasted so much longer than anticipated, so we need to bring a couple of forwards in this summer.