Arsene Wenger has a shortage of attackers for the visit of Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Wenger’s problems have been exacerbated by the news that Alexis Sanchez will not feature in the game after saying goodbye to his teammates on Friday evening. Theo Walcott has also completed his move to Everton.
Arsenal will hope to seal deals for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the transfer window, but neither has been completed yet. Mkhitaryan should be the first to join, but the earliest he will play for the club is next weekend.
Then came the news that Danny Welbeck had been ruled out of Saturday’s game through injury, while Olivier Giroud is another injury absentee.
There are hopes that Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey will be fit enough to return to the side, which could allow Arsenal to start with Alex Iwobi on the left, Ramsey on the right and Ozil as a No. 10 behind Alexandre Lacazette.
The other option, if Ozil is not fit to start, would be to move Ainsley Maitland-Niles further up the pitch and play Iwobi on the right and Ramsey centrally. Suddenly Wenger is searching the back of the cupboard.
With Welbeck injured, Reiss Nelson has to start tomorrow.
— Gooner_esque (@winfieldlloyd) January 19, 2018