We have all seen the joke going round on twitter;
Leroy Sane not included in Germany’s World Cup squad.
Martial and Lacazette not included in France’s World Cup squad.
Icardi not included in Argentina’s World Cup squad.
Meanwhile, England are taking Danny Welbeck.
Whilst it is incredible that Sane, Martial and Icardi are not going to the World Cup – highlighting just how strong those nations are – it is an ignorant ending to the joke to dig out Welbeck.
The truth is, for England Welbeck is a very reliable goal scorer.
Last night against Costa Rica,
Welbeck scores his 16th goal in 39 appearances. Not a bad record what so ever.
When you compare that to the combined record of Sane, Icardi and Martial – 1 goal in 34 appearances between them, you can perhaps see why Welbeck is going to Russia and those 3 are not.
But what for Welbeck’s future at Arsenal?
He joined Arsenal 4 years ago from Manchester United. Fed up of being a reserve for his boyhood club, he hoped moving to London would reignite his career.
Throughout his Arsenal career, he has shown why he never broke through at Manchester United.
Physically he is brilliant. Tall, strong and quick. It is technically where he struggles. He simply does not score enough goals that his size and pace gives him the chances to score.
27 goals in 112 appearances in not a record to be proud of.
He turns 28 in November and has found himself once more in the fringes of the Arsenal squad, behind both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
With all the talk about Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere’s contract situation, it has gone unnoticed that Welbeck is also entering the last year of his contract.
At his age, and if he has any ambition in him, he will be seeking first team football. Like with Jack Wilshere, he will probably have to find it lower down in the Premier League. Therefore I would be very surprised if he signs a new contract with Arsenal.
But I also do not think he will leave the club this summer.
With Arsenal having quite a large squad turnover this year, having already lost Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla, and with Jack Wilshere set to leave at the end of the month, Arsenal need to try and keep some players.
Welbeck comes across as a professional guy. Professional enough to play even if he knows he is leaving.
Arsenal would unlikely be able to command a large fee for the Englishman this summer, so would be happy enough to lose him on a free transfer next year – his transfer feee being fully amortised in the club accounts.
A new young attacking wide man will be signed this summer, who along with the lies of Alex Iwobi and Riess Nelson will compete to replace Danny Welbeck in the future. But with Welbeck you know what you are going to get already, so it will be important to keep him around for one more year just in case the new lad does not settle, or Iwobi and Nelson fail to kick on.
Next season, even if it is his last at Arsenal, Welbeck still has important role to play, being the link man between our past and our future.