After failing to reveal injury to Danny Welbeck during transfer window
- Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is expected to be out until Christmas after having surgery on his knee
- Gunners fans have voiced their discontent that the news of Welbeck’s injury was not revealed until after the summer transfer window
- Arsenal were the only side in Europe’s top five leagues not to sign an outfield player and supporters have grown frustrated
- Manager Arsene Wenger’s decision not to bring in a proven centre forward has been the source of particular unrest
Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger have been accused of lying to supporters after not revealing news of Danny Welbeck’s knee surgery before the transfer deadline.
The England striker will be sidelined for ‘a period of months’ after the club took the decision last week to operate on his left knee and it is understood he will be out until at least Christmas.
But fans are angry that Wenger – who said he expected Welbeck to be fit after the international break – did not make public the player’s setback and suspect it was a ploy to avoid being pressurised into signing a replacement forward.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has come under fire after not signing an outfield player this summer
Gunners striker Danny Welbeck (centre) is expected to be out of action until Christmas with a knee injury
The extent of Welbeck’s injury was not revealed until after the summer transfer window had closed
The Gunners were the only Premier League club not to sign an outfield player during the summer window and Gary Neville said Wenger was ‘naïve or arrogant’ for believing his side was good enough to compete for the title.
And now supporters want to know why the club did not feel the need to strengthen in light of Welbeck’s expected absence.
Peter Wood, author of the influential Le Grove blog, told Sportsmail: ‘It’s lying to the fans and to keep it from us leaves a sour taste. It’s embarrassing.
‘Wenger knows it would have put huge pressure on him to go out and sign a striker.
‘For some reason, he seems to be going out of his way not sign the players we need – what is that reason? ‘It’s left us in a bad position and another season looks certain to pass now without winning the Premier League or challenging for the Champions League.
‘We’ve got a good squad, we know that, but we needed to kick on this summer and we have not done that.
‘If he thinks they are good enough to win the league then you have to question his judgement. No other manager with a real competitive streak would have done this.
Theo Walcott struggled in the lone forward role during the Premier League clash with Newcastle last week
Olivier Giroud (left) has been deemed not good enough to lead the line by some sections of Arsenal’s support
‘I can’t understand why, at 65 years old, he doesn’t want to at least take a chance on signing the players we need to challenge for the league – like what Sir Alex Ferguson did with Robin van Persie in 2012.
‘The whole point of moving to the Emirates was to compete with the biggest clubs. We have the cash to do that but, for some reason, we refuse to.’ Welbeck has not featured for the Gunners since April but it was hoped he would return during the early weeks of this campaign.
The loss of the 24-year-old leaves Wenger with just Olivier Giroud as an out-and-out striker, with Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez having also been used in the position.
Arsenal were linked with moves for Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and PSG’s Edinson Cavani but no firm offers ever materialised and they have failed to score on home soil so far this season.
Arsenal were linked with a big-money move for Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema (right) this summer
The north London side were also linked with PSG’s Edinson Cavani, but no concrete offer materialised
Confirming the news of Welbeck’s surgery, a club statement read: ‘Danny Welbeck has undergone surgery on his left knee after being unable to sufficiently step up his rehabilitation work.
‘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.’
Welbeck’s injury comes as a blow to Arsenal, who are left with a perceived dearth of forward options by fans
Source: Daily Mail