Arsenal news: Danny Welbeck injury forces Sven Mislintat to consider two January transfers | Football | Sport
Arsenal chief Mislintat is facing a busy January transfer window with Welbeck set to be sidelined until the end of the season.
The England international has undergone surgery on his ankle and, with his contract expiring at the end of the current campaign, a move away could be on the cards.
Arsenal had previously made little attempt to tie Welbeck down to a new contract and, four years on from his arrival from Manchester United, his days in north London look numbered.
Prior to his injury, though, the 27-year-old was beginning to show signs of his best from under Unai Emery.
Yet Football London claim Arsenal have been looking at potential replacements.
And Mislintat reportedly has two men in mind to come in for Welbeck.
It is said Arsenal have been eyeing Cristian Pavon, who continues to impress over in Argentina with Boca Juniors.
The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a move to the Gunners in the summer.
But, on that occasion, Emery and Mislintat opted against securing his signature.
Danny Welbeck career stats: How good is the Arsenal star?
Man Utd – 29 goals in 142 games.
Preston North End – Two goals in eight games on loan.
Sunderland – Six goals in 28 games on loan.
Arsenal – 32 goals in 126 games.
Another target, Football London say, is Lille’s Nicolas Pepe.
The 23-year-old has already scored eight times from 13 Ligue 1 matches this season.
But, speaking recently, Lille insisted he was not for sale – with Barcelona also eager to land him.
“What if Barcelona gives me €100million by Pepe? He will not leave this winter,” he said.
“I want him to continue here, we want him to stay, he wants to stay.”
Arsenal’s head of football, Raul Sanllehi, also hinted he was against signing players in January.
But he did hint a big injury would force their hand.
“I don’t believe much in the winter window,” said Sanllehi.
“There are exceptions, but 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.
“It’s there for emergencies, a big injury or if something is really not working and you need to recover there.”