Alexandre Lacazette has been ruled out for up to five weeks after undergoing knee surgery and Arsenal fans aren’t exactly optimistic over having Danny Welbeck step back into the starting line-up against Östersunds FK.
Although most Arsenal fans generally like Welbeck as a human being, many aren’t too convinced that he’s the striker the team need to carry them through to the Europa League final.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cup-tied, we were confident Lacazette would play a big part in Arsenal’s remaining European matches this term.
Due to knee surgery, however, this doesn’t look like it’ll be the case and Gooners are experiencing little bit panic… Although, to be fair, as Arsenal fans we’re usually at around 6/10 on the panic-o-metre anyway.
While some fans are somewhat sarcastically backing Welbz to have a blinder and completely boss Östersunds FK in Sweden on Thursday, some are wondering whether Chelsea can just loan Arsenal back Olivier Giroud. You know, just for a little while.
This is precisely why we shouldn’t have sold the 31-year-old in January.
Knowing Aubameyang was cup-tied when we signed him and Lacazette was carrying an ongoing knee problem but still selling our other decent striker seemed like it was just asking for trouble.
Given that Lacazette is sidelined for up to five weeks, Arsenal could be out of the Europa League by the time he makes it back. He’ll also miss out on the League Cup final.
Here’s what Twitter had to say:
— Jack McCarthy (@JackaliciousM) February 13, 2018
Can’t we loan Giroud back for Europa league games only??
— Mišo (@kabaka94) February 13, 2018
What a club. We’re meant to be trying to win this ffs
— Arsenal & Giroud Fan (@LiamHaydn) February 13, 2018
— I am Habeeb (@valyriansword) February 13, 2018
Two World class strikers n we are in this predicament because of injuries.. Giroud was injured too n we were left with Laca n Welbz.. calm abeg
— Jollof (@jizziefiree) February 13, 2018
— David Ng’ang’a (@ngash_david) February 13, 2018
Eddie to start for me 1000000000000000% more chance of scoring than Welbeck
— Chris Archer (@Archerc83) February 13, 2018
@Manaspdas Petr Cech would fare well for those headers at CF i reckon?
— Swapnil Sharma (@swapgooner11) February 13, 2018
BRING BACK OUR OG!
— ‘dimeji (@jhos33f) February 13, 2018
Much rather us give Eddie a start than Danny. Welbz just hasn’t been useful this season.
— Marco (@marcosolis91) February 13, 2018
Banter Football Club pic.twitter.com/h7g0yfYkRK
— Stefan Escu (@escu_s) February 13, 2018
— Tyler Barnett (@TylerNuke) February 13, 2018
— The Enai😏☕ (@CluelessEnai) February 13, 2018
— Voice of Wisdom (@Wax_Lyrikal) February 13, 2018
No striker for #EuropaCup.
— Verrol♨️ (@Verrolx) February 13, 2018