Arsenal fans are in heaven right now as Unai Emery’s side continue to pick up results after results. After starting their season with two consecutive defeats, the Gunners have gone undefeated in 21 games in all competitions. This run also includes a 4-2 home win over arch-rivals Tottenham, and an impressive 1-1 home draw with high-flying Liverpool.
The consensus among fans is that Arsenal are finally back where they belong, and they are enormous contenders for top-four after missing out for the last two seasons.
As things stand, the Gunners occupy the fifth spot in the table, but they are level on points with Chelsea in fourth and only two behind Tottenham in third. Meanwhile, Manchester United is struggling in the sixth spot, a massive eight points behind the race on top-four.
Arsenal has certainly succeeded expectations this season, and things are going really well for them. However, they have been struck by a number of injuries in recent weeks, and that could have a lasting impact on their season.
Will injuries to Danny Welbeck and more force Arsenal hand in January window?
Danny Welbeck has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury. The English striker had made an impressive start to the season, and he was a vital option in both wide and central positions for Emery.
The Gunners have a couple of world-class strikers in Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, but they lack players capable of playing on the wings. Welbeck’s injury has further reduced options, and it could force Emery’s hand in the transfer window.
It is common knowledge that the Gunners are crying out loud for a wide player, but it remains to be seen whether they would rectify this problem in the January window as there seems to be a more pressing need for strengthening in other areas.
The Gunners have also lost center-back Rob Holding to a season-ending injury, and there is a stronger case for a defensive signing in January. At present, Sokratis is an automatic selection in the starting eleven, but there are doubts over the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi.
Koscielny has just recovered from a long-term injury, and he is yet to play a senior game this season. Meanwhile, Mustafi is error-prone, and he has been a liability at times.
Hence, it would be interesting to see whether the Gunners take any steps to strengthen their squad in January? And if they do, whether it would be an attacking signing or defensive one?
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