Arsenal haven’t done themselves any favours recently letting players leave on a free. Alexis Sanchez, albeit a flop now, almost left for nothing; Ozil, who’s also now coming to the end of his Arsenal career, the same; and Aaron Ramsey has recently agreed a mega-deal with Juventus which sees him join at the end of the season.
Indeed, it’s a bad sign for a “big” club.
Former Manchester United man Danny Welbeck is the next man reportedly (as reported by Sky Sports back in December) set to depart the Emirates when his contract concludes at the end of the season.
The Englishman managed 32 goals and 15 assists in 126 appearances which isn’t great, but not the worst considering he was often being played out of position on the left-hand side of the pitch.
In fact, just before suffering an injury late last year, Welbeck scored a very respectable 5 goals in 14 games for his club. So, we ask ourselves: why exactly are Arsenal so willing to let him go?
Yes, there are some glaring technical holes in his game, but he provides some much-needed experience and guile in a team who are relatively starved of it. He’s clearly willing to own a role on the periphery of the team as well, having seen his minutes reduced significantly in recent years, which spares manager Unai Emery a major headache.
Arsenal haven’t exactly been spoilt for choice either with their team selections. The need to pick eternally absent Mesut Ozil in almost every squad is testament to that struggle.
By renewing Welbeck’s contract they’d have an option both on the wing and in the striker position; a chance to freshen things up, create competition and add another string to Arsenal’s bow.
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