Arsenal opinion: Should Emery keep or offload Danny Welbeck?
The 28-year-old joined the Gunners from Manchester United in 2014 and has since made 126 appearances for the club, scoring 32 goals and providing 15 assists in all competitions.
The versatile Englishman has been out with an ankle injury since November and is unlikely to feature for the Gunners again before the end of this season.
However, Arsenal would be foolish to allow a player of Welbeck’s quality and versatility to leave for free, especially after letting Aaron Ramsey sign a pre-contract with Juventus.
Welbeck started off the season as the deputy of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but was a regular in Arsenal’s club competitions.
The Englishman scored 4 goals in 6 games in the Europa League and the League Cup before suffering a horrific injury against Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates in November.
Welbeck is by no means worthy of being a regular starter for the Gunners but he could prove to be a massive asset due to his versatility.
Welbeck’s incredible work rate is something that Unai Emery demands from every player and under him, the Englishman can have a decent role to play in Arsenal’s future.
The former Manchester United forward gives Unai Emery a wide range of options and can provide decent enough backup to both the strikers and wingers on either side. Welbeck is also highly experienced both in Europe and domestically, having played close to 300 games in his career so far.
Welbeck can also chip in with a few hugely valuable goals and assists and would be an incredible player to introduce off the bench irrespective of the situation of the game.
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Arsenal have already made a humungous blunder in not extending star midfielder Aaron Ramsey’s contract beyond this summer.
The Welsh wizard will leave the Gunners a decade after joining them from Cardiff and with recent performances in mind, it looks like a decision that Arsenal could stand to regret.
The Gunners should not make the same mistake in letting the
£70,000-a-week Welbeck leave, who, although is not as influential as Aaron Ramsey, is still a valuable asset to Unai Emery’s side. He deserves to have his contract extended beyond this summer.