Arsenal fans learned earlier today that Alexandre Lacazette could be out of action for up to six weeks.
The forward has been hit with a knee injury, which means that the team are now an attacker short for the next month or so.
Lacazette has scored nine goals and created three assists in 26 Premier League appearances this season.
The Frenchman has been handed 22 starts in the top flight, but he has rarely finished a full 90 minutes under manager Arsene Wenger.
Following the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund in the January transfer window, Lacazette’s time on the pitch was likely to be even more limited.
Given that Arsenal are in Europa League action against Ostersunds on Thursday and their new striker is cup-tied, attention has now turned to who can step up and take Lacazette’s place.
The options being discussed by supporters are Danny Welbeck and 18-year-old Eddie Nkeitah, who has not started a senior game this season.
Welbeck blows hot and cold with the fans, particularly as he has been in and out of the team due to injuries.
The Arsenal following have taken to Twitter to give their suggestions.
— RavenGunner (@Raven_Gunner) February 13, 2018
Welbeck should be enough for #OstersundsFK but after that (if Lacazette still won't be fit) I would try playing Ozil as a false 9 with Ramsey & Welbeck filling his position when he goes deep. He has great attacking awareness & runs behind the defence. #AFC #EuropaLeague
— Matic Hribernik (@ArsenalFC_fan) February 13, 2018
— whittsthegooner (@Whittsthegooner) February 13, 2018
— Sarah (@sarahfniles) February 13, 2018
For those slating Lacazette, how does it feel now when our champions league hopes lie in the hands of Danny Welbeck #AFC
— Welsh (@cathal74) February 13, 2018
I was worried about Lacazette for a split second but then remembered we had Giroud, oh wait. I meant Danny Welbeck. #AFC
— Lee (@Pacca_666) February 13, 2018
If Eddie Nketiah starts against Östersunds on Thursday, he will score a hat trick. Remember this tweet.. #AFC
— Yesswell (@Yesswell_) February 13, 2018
I have ZERO faith in Welbz to score goals,I’d go with Nketiah.We’ll have possession&territory anyway,we need a finisher&welbz cant hit a barn door with a spade.Willing runner,hard worker but not a striker.#Arsenal #AFC NEED Rambo badly as well!
— Mickey blue (@101Mickeyblue) February 13, 2018
Nketiah should start imo Thursday night. He deserves it done well to grab his two goals and let’s be honest he’s ripping the u23s a new one week in week out. 2 starts in the Europa League his confidence would go sky high #AFC
— ArsenalTalk (@ArsenalTalk9) February 13, 2018