Arsenal face something of a striking crisis ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash with Ostersunds at the Jamtkraft Arena.

Gunners face striking crisis

Gunners face striking crisis

The Gunners are set to take on their Swedish opponents in the first-leg of their round of 32 tie, but they will head into the contest without both Alexandre Lacazette and January recruit Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

France international Lacazette faces up to six weeks on the sidelines after undergoing surgery earlier this week, which means he will miss both legs of the tie, while new arrival Aubameyang is ineligible to feature due to former club Borussia Dortmund's participation in the same competition.

That means Danny Welbeck, who himself has had injury issues over recent seasons, is Arsenal's only fit and available striker heading into the first-leg, but boss Arsene Wenger believes the England international is more than capable of stepping up to the plate.

'Danny Welbeck looks sharper than he has in a long time,' Wenger said. 'He had to wait a little to get back into the team, but that gave him time to work on his fitness.'

Laurent Koscielny and Jack Wilshere will also both miss the match, as they did not travel with the rest of the squad to Sweden due to respective Achilles injuries.

It remains to be seen what kind of team Wenger chooses to pick for Thursday's contest, as he chose to use fringe and youth players during the group stage of the tournament.