Danny Welbeck’s injury came at a bad time for him. Not only had he begun to find a bit of form for Arsenal, but it also left him with an uncertain future at the club. His contract, after all, expires at the end of the season, and he was far away from having deserved a new one in the lead-up to his injury.
Now, though, it’s looking like he may not get a chance to prove himself – as the Times is reporting that Arsenal will not renew his deal, despite his injury.
This is obviously a pretty ruthless decision from the Gunners, but make no mistake, it’s one that proves that Unai Emery, the Arsenal brass and Arsenal as a team are finally on the up.
Tough decisions can make or break a team, but in this case, it’s a deal that makes pretty obvious sense. In the past, Welbeck may have been given a new deal out of courtesy, and though that would be a brilliant gesture, it’s hardly a good thing for Arsenal. He’s not one of their best players, nor have they missed him since he got injured, and so for a team that has become increasingly hesitant to spend money, keeping the Englishman on what are likely sizeable wages makes sense.
Furthermore, the Times makes a point of suggesting that his departure could allow a route into the team for young players like Reiss Nelson, and this is another sign that Arsenal are moving forward. Instead of keeping hold of an overpaid squad player, the Gunners are instead looking to the future and perhaps rewarding a young player for a brilliant season on-loan in Germany. Emery is approaching his squad and utilising a meritocracy, and that’s exactly how you build a good team.
Arsenal are finally doing everything right, both on and off the field, and that bodes so well for the future of the club.