Arsenal boss Emery backs teenage striker Nketiah to fill Welbeck void
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has backed teenage striker Eddie Nketiah to fill the void left by Danny Welbeck’s serious ankle injury.
Welbeck was carried off on a stretcher after half an hour of the Gunners’ 0-0 Europa League draw at home to Sporting Lisbon on Thursday – a result which sealed progression into the knockout rounds.
The club confirmed on Friday that the England international had suffered a “significant right ankle injury” although no timescale has been placed on a return as of yet.
While Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been Emery’s go-to forwards in the Premier League, Welbeck had been playing an important role in the Europa League and Carabao Cup.
Meanwhile, Nketiah has yet to feature for Arsenal under Emery having been set to come on against Sporting before an injury to defender Stephan Lichtsteiner meant the Spaniard had to have a rethink.
Nketiah, 19, burst on to the scene last season as he scored two goals as a substitute on his senior debut in a Carabao Cup win over Norwich – the first of which just 15 seconds after he came off the bench.