Arsenal to move for Manchester United forward

Arsenal are lining up a move for Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck.

The England international has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford with Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Juan Mata and new signing Angel di Maria the preferred attacking options.

Everton and Sunderland have been linked with the forward however according to the Daily Mail Arsenal are not set to add Welbeck to their list of targets as fears grow over Olivier Giroud.

The French forward injured his ankle in the 2-2 draw with Everton last weekend and faces a spell on the sidelines, leaving the Gunners light on options up front.

If reports are to be believed the striker will not feature again in 2014 with reports claiming that he fractured his ankle blocking down a Sylvain Distin clearance.

That could force Arsene Wenger to make a move in the final days of the transfer window with Welbeck one of four targets linked with the club.

Radamel Falcao, PSG forward Edinson Cavani and QPR forward Loic Remy have also been linked with a move to the Emirates however Remy aside, a move for the other two could prove very costly at this stage of the window, especially with their respective clubs keen to keep the stars.

A move for Welbeck also has its complication with Manchester United unlikely to sanction a move to a rival although the striker could push for a move with an Old Trafford exit seemingly on the cards.

Last season the England man scored 9 goals and assisted 1 in 25 games although the vast majority of his contribution comes from the left rather than the more central position he prefers.

Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino is also understood to be interested, having been in the stands following United’s 4-0 defeat at MK Dons midweek.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.