Danny Welbeck injury could be disastrous for Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger will be cursing himself.

Arsenal fans will be livid. Especially if Wenger knew this was happening and he didn't do anything about it.

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is expected to be out until Christmas, according to BBC Sport, after having knee surgery.


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Welbeck, 24, sustained the injury at the end of April, after scoring eight goals in his first 34 Arsenal games.

Arsenal were the only club from the top five European leagues not to sign an outfield player during the summer.

Wenger is failing Arsenal

That led to the Arsenal Supporters' Trust calling for an inquiry into the club's transfer policy. Suggesting that nobody at the club actually wants to buy players and invest to make the team stronger. 

It is unthinkable to think that a club the size and stature of Arsenal are just satisfied with winning the odd cup here and there. But with year on year Wenger only adds to this fact that Arsenal are no longer a 'big club'. 

Arsenal last finished in the top two of England's elite in the 2004-2005 season finishing runners up to Mourinho's masterclass of a season. However they finished 12 points behind Chelsea that year and never looked a threat to eventual Champions Chelsea.

So the last time Arsenal actually challenged was the invincible team of 2003/04. 

A team founded on pace, class, skill and creativity. All qualities that are associated with current Arsenal squads.

However, that team had power and presence. Patrick Vieira, Sol Campbell and the world-class Thierry Henry all had power and a physical presence, that scared sides.

Since that side, Wenger has failed to install players of this ilk. Failed.

Gamble could now backfire on Wenger

For years Arsenal could play many of the lesser clubs off the park and were only challenged against the 'big guns'. 

However, with the injection of massive amounts of money from all clubs due to the TV deals, everyone has simply just caught up. 

Many of journalists and ex-players have been exasperated with Wenger and his naivety to think that Arsenal can get away with his 'total football' in every game.

It just simply doesn't work. But the other confounding factor is, he just doesn't seem willing to part with his cash.

With Welbeck now injured for a lengthy period, the question remains will Wenger pay for his inaction?

Only time will tell ...

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