–Gunners boss admits there’s a fight to lead attack
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned he cannot offer guarantees of a place in the starting XI to Danny Welbeck or anyone else in his squad.
England striker Welbeck is expected to overcome a minor hamstring problem suffered on international duty to face his former club Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium today.
France forward Olivier Giroud is back in contention following three months out with a broken leg while Theo Walcott, doubtful because of a groin problem, offers another option in attack along with Alexis Sanchez, who has been in great form since a summer move from Barcelona.
Germany international Lukas Podolski is another frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities, but Wenger insists that is all part and parcel of competition at a leading club.
“You can only select 11 players. We have an abundance of offensive players at the moment,” said Wenger. “Some of them do not get the chance to play, and it is frustrating for them, which I can understand. Unfortunately you always (have to) make a decision on that front.”
Asked whether Giroud faced a battle to regain his position, Wenger said: “There is always a fight because we have a lot of offensive options. Welbeck can play in different positions up front and there is room for both of them to start in some games. Of course it is a fight.”