Danny Welbeck is reportedly in contract talks with Arsenal over extending his stay with the Gunners, with Everton and West Bromwich Albion believed to be keen on his signature.
The Daily Star report that Arsenal are negotiating with Welbeck, whose contract expires in 2019. The 26-year-old initially joined Arsenal in 2014 on a five-year deal, enduring an injury-laden spell and inconsistent form due to the lack of playing time.
The Daily Star also claim that West Brom and Everton are interested in Welbeck, in particular Everton after Koeman missed out on signing Olivier Giroud over the summer. The pressure is therefore on Arsenal to make a decision over his future before another club comes in with an offer.
The England international has scored 20 goals and provided 13 assists in 75 matches since joining the Gunners, which puts him nine goals behind his Manchester United total in around half the matches.
However, he’s struggled to stay match-fit for Arsenal, which is particularly highlighted by the fact he’s currently out with a groin problem as these reports are surfacing.
Given the contract issues surrounding so many players at the club at the moment, it would be good to get at least one or two of them tied down before the Gunners end up in the same situation again next year, I feel.
On the one hand, I think we’ve invested a fair amount of time and money in Welbeck. He’s a hard-worker and a good asset to the side, and I think we’ve yet to see the full extent of what he can do.
On the other, I’d like to see the 26-year-old put together a few months of injury-free football before putting pen to paper.