Injured duo Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey are set to leave the club at the end of the season, with Arsenal reportedly deciding to withdraw their contract offers.
Further to reports in the last few months that negotiations between Arsenal and Ramsey have ended, The Times now claim that the club are also planning to let Welbeck go at the end of his deal. They’ve reportedly ‘made it clear’ that there will be no new deal for the striker.
Welbeck is currently recovering from an ankle injury, after a couple of surgeries last month. Arsenal still plan to support the former Manchester United man through his rehabilitation and hope he’ll return before the end of the season, but aren’t willing to risk tying him down long-term in the meantime.
According to The Times’ report, Welbeck turned down a move to Southampton in August, when Arsenal were willing to sell. Crystal Palace have also expressed an interest in him.
It’s a real shame after the way the 28-year-old Englishman started the season. He’d scored five goals and assisted one when he fell injured, despite only making seven starts in all competitions. Overall he was averaging a goal contribution every 101 minutes, an excellent record for a third-choice striker.
Hopefully, he can recover quickly and perhaps play a few more matches for the club before securing a move elsewhere.