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Newcastle should give Arsenal outcast a lifeline

Newcastle should give Arsenal outcast a lifeline

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle manager Rafa Benítez has showed his intention to sign a new striker in January. 

The Magpies signed West Brom striker Salomón Rondón in a season-long loan swap with Dwight Gayle in the summer, but the boss still sees this as an area of weakness.

A perfect candidate to join the Spaniard at St James’ Park would be struggling Arsenal front man Danny Welbeck. The 27-year-old has struggled as of late to get game time with The Gunners, and a loan deal may be the answer to get his career back on track.

The former Man United man has only featured twice this season under new manager Unai Emery, making two substitute appearances, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette look likely to feature ahead of Welbeck (valued at £13.5m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) this season.

Newcastle fans were underwhelmed with the signing of Rondón and are still unconvinced by Joselu as a striker, so Welbeck would be a welcomed addition to the squad. He has a proven track record in the Premier League, which will make him much more attractive than a signing from another league that may need time to settle in England.

After barely featuring for England during the World Cup, Welbeck will know that the only way that he can impress manager Gareth Southgate is by playing regularly, which would be a likely outcome in Tyneside. Likewise, if he were sent out on loan, this would be a chance to convince Emery that he is of the standard that the former PSG manager is seeking.

This would be a deal that would suit all parties involved, and Newcastle should look to it as soon as January comes.

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