Arsenal will have to do without Danny Welbeck for at least another three months after the striker underwent surgery on his left knee on Wednesday.
Welbeck joined Arsenal last summer from rivals Manchester United on transfer deadline day as United had brought in Falcao on loan from AS Monaco and the Manchester youngster wasn’t wanted anymore by manager Louis van Gaal.
Welbeck featured in 34 games for the Gunners last season in all competitions, including 25 league appearances. He scored four goals in those 25 Premier League games.
Welbeck got injured in April and has been rehabbing all summer, but the decision was made to do the surgery on Wednesday in order to get the problem in his knee sorted out. Arsenal released a statement about their 24-year-old striker.
“The striker has been working throughout the summer to recover from the injury sustained at the end of April.
It had been hoped he would avoid surgery but after increasing his training workload, the injury to his cartilage did not respond as well as hoped and the decision was taken last week for him to undergo surgery by a leading specialist in the field.
Danny is now expected to be out for a period of months and everyone at Arsenal wishes him well.”
The Guardian reports that manager Arsene Wenger knew about Welbeck needing the surgery, but still didn’t add another forward to his team before the transfer window closed. Wenger spoke about the difficulties of the transfer market on Wednesday.
“Am I happy with the investment I make? Yes, every time,” Wenger said. “I bought Sánchez, I bought Özil, I bought Cech, I bought Gabriel last year … But when you have to invest you have to find the players to invest in … The problem at the moment is finding the players that guarantee you are a better team afterwards.”