Arsenal striker set for at least a month on the sidelines

Serious blow

Arsenal have been dealt a serious blow with negative injury news on one of their key player after Sunday’s 0-0 draw against Chelsea.

Forward Danny Welbeck was withdrawn at Stamford Bridge after he went down clutching his thigh.

A scan on Monday revealed that the former Manchester United forward could be out for over a month, the Telegraph report.

Welbeck will almost certainly miss England’s final two World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania next month, as well as Premier League fixtures against West Brom, Brighton and Watford.

The 26-year-old is due to have a second, more comprehensive scan on Tuesday. If the scan reveals a tear, Welbeck’s injury layoff could be extended by multiple months.

Welbeck has been plagued by injury since he made his move to the Emirates, seemingly picking up an injury every time he starts to hit form.

Attacking options

Prior to Sunday’s match, the England international had already scored 3 goals in Arsenal’s opening four Premier League matches – one more than he managed in the whole of last season.

Welbeck’s injury comes as star man Alexis Sanchez is working his way back to full fitness, following an extended summer break.

Although Welbeck’s injury would be a big blow to the Gunners, manager Arsene Wenger is not short of options in Welbeck’s position behind first-choice striker Alexandre Lacazette.

Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi, Olivier Giroud and Sanchez have a combined total of just one Premier League start this season – Iwobi’s on Sunday.

Giroud and Walcott will be among those expected to start in Wednesday night’s Carabo Cup third round tie against League One side Doncaster Rovers; providing the latter shakes off a calf problem.