Raul Sanllehi’s comments from a recent interview have resurfaced after the injury to Danny Welbeck, as they now imply Arsenal could be involved in the January transfer window market.
Football.London dug up the comments, which initially made it seem like Arsenal wouldn’t be involved in the winter window. Sanllehi first told the media that he doesn’t really believe in mid-season investment, and he prefers to make sure the team is fully prepared for the campaign in the summer.
“I don’t believe much in the winter window,” Sanllehi said. “If you have the right plan in the summer and the team are performing at the level you expect, you should not go to that window or try to avoid it.”
However, he then added: “It’s there for emergencies. A big injury or if something is really not working and you need to recover there.”
Danny Welbeck’s serious injury on Thursday very much fits that category. The striker had already made 14 appearances for Arsenal this season, seven starts, scoring five goals and assisting one. That sort of influence on the team is going to be missed if he really does end up missing the rest of the season.
Arsenal have League Cup and FA Cup ties coming up, the Europa League knockout stages are now guaranteed, and the race for the Premier League top four is very much alive. Fighting on all four fronts with only two strikers is going to be tough, especially if Unai Emery continues to start both of them in the same team.
Of course, Arsenal can look to the academy for help. Eddie Nketiah has been waiting for a chance, and he might finally get one. It’s a gamble though, as we don’t know how the 19-year-old will fare across the course of a full senior campaign.
We’ll see what Emery and Sanllehi decide, but it’s suddenly looking more likely that Arsenal could be back on the lookout for a signing in January.