Arsenal have been busy revamping their squad this summer ahead of the new Premier League season.
Plenty of changes were expected when Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger in the Emirates dugout. The Spaniard has wasted no time in strengthening his squad, adding Bernd Leno, Sokratis and Lucas Torreira to the first team in North London. Stephan Lichtsteiner also arrived from Juventus on a free transfer to add competition for Hector Bellerin.
Jack Wilshere has already left the club, and a number of players are expected to follow him through the exit door as Emery looks to rid the squad of deadwood. According to reports, a host of names including Lucas Perez, Joel Campbell, Carl Jenkinson and Chuba Akpom are on his list of departures. It could also be the end of Danny Welbeck’s Arsenal career.
Valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, Welbeck’s move from Manchester United in 2014 has not gone to plan. Despite impressing the Arsenal fans with his work rate and attitude, injuries have plagued his time with the Gunners and prevented him from earning a starting role. After the additions of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, Welbeck was pushed further down the pecking order. With just one year remaining on his contract, now is the time for Arsenal to let him leave.
Emery needs to place his trust in his youngsters rather than persist with Welbeck. The forward managed just five goals in 28 appearances in the Premier League last season. The England international is also costing the club a significant amount of money in wages – reportedly earning £70,000-per-week.
It’s in all parties interests if Welbeck’s time at Arsenal finally comes to an end.
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